Where to stick them, where to shelve them

It’s less true of other art forms, but for some reason with writers in particular we want to know where to stick them, where to shelve them. There’s a general tendency in the world to force people to assume positions that are much more rigid than what comes naturally to them. Once you make what you think is a choice that’s going to empower you in some way, often it turns out somewhere down the line that it turned into a trap; you were actually closing out a lot of options to yourself without realizing it.

— Michael Chabon

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