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“I read everything. I read my way out of the two libraries in Harlem by the time I was thirteen. One does learn a great deal about writing this way. First of all, you learn how little you know. It is true that the more one learns the less one knows. I’m still learning how to write. I don’t know what technique is. All I know is that you have to make the reader see it.”
—James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

theparisreview:

“I read everything. I read my way out of the two libraries in Harlem by the time I was thirteen. One does learn a great deal about writing this way. First of all, you learn how little you know. It is true that the more one learns the less one knows. I’m still learning how to write. I don’t know what technique is. All I know is that you have to make the reader see it.”

James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

— Victor Hugo (via quienesesachica)

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From George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Bantam: 1997.

From George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Bantam: 1997.

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From The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg. Atria, 2013.

From The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg. Atria, 2013.

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From The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing by Francis Flaherty. Harper Perennial, 2010.

From The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing by Francis Flaherty. Harper Perennial, 2010.

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From The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir. Ed. Jeffrey Skinner, Sarabande Books, 2012.

From The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir. Ed. Jeffrey Skinner, Sarabande Books, 2012.

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From Adrienne Rich’s Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations. W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.

From Adrienne Rich’s Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations. W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.

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From The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook. Ed. Daniel Alarcón, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010.

From The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook. Ed. Daniel Alarcón, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010.

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From John Hollander’s Rhyme’s Reason. Yale University Press, 2001.

From John Hollander’s Rhyme’s Reason. Yale University Press, 2001.

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From Francis Flaherty’s Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.

From Francis Flaherty’s Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.

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