Flannery O’Connor on Gift and Vocation

Written by Brandon O'Brien on August 21st, 2013

[A] vocation is a limiting factor which extends even to the kind of material that the writer is able to apprehend imaginatively. The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot choose what he is able to make live … . The Christian writer particularly will feel that whatever his initial gift is, it comes from God; and no matter how minor a gift it is, he will not be willing to destroy it by trying to use it outside its proper limits.

Flannery O’Connor, “The Fiction Writer and His Country”


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