1. Give it, give it all, give it now.
    Annie Dillard
  2. sarahspy:

    Roberto Bolaño on writing short stories

    (via theparisreview)

    I think I have forgotten how.

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  3. Reading Munro puts me in that state of quiet reflection in which I think about my own life: about the decisions I’ve made, the things I’ve done and haven’t done, the kind of person I am, the prospect of death. She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion. For as long as I’m immersed in a Munro story, I am according to an entirely make-believe character the kind of solemn respect and quiet rooting interest that I accord myself in my better moments as a human being.
    Jonathan Franzen on Alice Munro
  4. Novelist Enright writes books in different places


    I don’t write two books in the same place. I seem to have settled on a chair that I write. I’m very happy with it.

    Anne Enright, interview with The Independent (London, UK), May 5, 2012.

    Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him

    Alice Munro. It’s difficult to sum up why in one sentence. She’s the kind of writer who lasts for a lifetime. I’ve been reading her for 30 years and she is as relevant, or more relevant, as she was when I started out.

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  5. [Joyce Carol Oates] wrote a letter to my house in DC during one break, and she said, “We talked a lot about your work in the context of the class and now I would like to talk about it a little more personally.” I can practically recite it, “You appear to have a very strong and promising talent coupled with that most important of writerly qualities, energy.” And man is she right! Energy is the most important writerly quality. In any case, she gave me a reading list. It was a very Joyce Carol Oates thing to do. She gave me suggestions for what avenues to pursue. And somebody took me seriously. It was a revelation for me. The revelation was not just that—the smaller revelation was that a writer of Joyce’s caliber would like my writing. The much larger revelation was that there was such a thing as my writing. It had never occurred to me.
    Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
    Toni Morrison

  7. I want to write something
    so simply
    about love
    or about pain
    that even
    as you are reading
    you feel it
    and as you read
    you keep feeling it
    and though it be my story
    it will be common,
    though it be singular
    it will be known to you
    so that by the end
    you will think—
    no, you will realize—
    that it was all the while
    yourself arranging the words,
    that it was all the time
    words that you yourself,
    out of your heart
    had been saying.

  8. Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it—don’t cheat with it.

    Ernest Hemingway (via casimirpulaskiday


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  9. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
    Gertrude Stein (Woody Allen) - ‘Midnight In Paris’ (via para-doxical)
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    And as of now, what do you ask from a story?


    The two things I want are interesting language and genuine feeling. And one other thing: Years and years ago I knew a very wise woman who was tremendously accomplished and who had excelled at many things, a lifetime achievement for anybody else, and I asked what was her goal now? And she didn’t hesitate for a second. “To love deeply.” A lesson there.


Raymond Carver, this is for you

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