"More and more I think there’s an element of fiction writing that’s performative. If you want your stories to carry a particular charge of feeling, you have to experience that feeling while you’re working. I don’t know that you can fake it, or at least I don’t know that I’ve ever been able to fake it, because the choices you make when you’re writing—the rhythms you adopt, the phrases you construct, the effect one word has when it’s nestled alongside another—are so highly nuanced, and have so much to do with the ultimate emotional effect of a story, so that if you aren’t feeling along with your sentences, your instincts will gradually lead you astray."

The Rumpus Interview With Kevin Brockmeier

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From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

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From By Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers, by Peter Selgin. Writer’s Digest Books: 2007.


 

From By Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers, by Peter Selgin. Writer’s Digest Books: 2007.

 

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From Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. University of Illinois Press: 1978.

From Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. University of Illinois Press: 1978.

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From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

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From “Place” by Dorothy Allison in The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House. Tin House Books: 2009.

From “Place” by Dorothy Allison in The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House. Tin House Books: 2009.

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From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

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From Barbara Abercrombie’s Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotations to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals. New World Library: 2013.

From Barbara Abercrombie’s Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotations to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals. New World Library: 2013.

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From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel by Nat Gertler and Steve Lieber. Alpha: 2009.

From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel by Nat Gertler and Steve Lieber. Alpha: 2009.

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