"So many people talk about ‘fiction’ or ‘the writer’ as though you could generalize about them."

Aldous Huxley (via theparisreview)

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lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

(via writeworld)

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"My students at San Quentin [used] fiction as a way of diving into the psyche. I think that that’s the idea of a penitentiary. The prisoner was supposed to be penitent. He looked into his soul and he gave a kind of penance for his crime."

Joyce Carol Oates On Teaching Writing To Prisoners (via huffpostbooks)

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"Everything seems to me to be such a cliché as soon as I say it."

Peter Taylor (via theparisreview)

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"Sometimes you finish the poem, and that last piece clicks in place. Sometimes the poem is finished with you."

— Frederick Seidel, The Art of Poetry No. 95 (via bostonpoetryslam)

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But the writing was the real freedom, because nobody told me what to do there. That was my world and my imagination. And all my life it’s been that way, even now. 
—Toni Morrison (via Interview Magazine)

But the writing was the real freedom, because nobody told me what to do there. That was my world and my imagination. And all my life it’s been that way, even now. 

—Toni Morrison (via Interview Magazine)

(Source: awritersruminations, via apoemmuseum)

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newyorker:


From the first time we step into an English class, we’re told that the rules matter, that they must be followed, that we must know when it’s appropriate to use a comma and what it means to employ the subjunctive mood. But do these things really matter? Outside of the classroom, what difference does it make if we write “who” instead of “whom” or say “good” instead of “well”?

Ryan Bloom breaks down the language wars in his post, “Inescapably, You’re Judged by Your Language”: http://nyr.kr/M2IOWy

newyorker:

From the first time we step into an English class, we’re told that the rules matter, that they must be followed, that we must know when it’s appropriate to use a comma and what it means to employ the subjunctive mood. But do these things really matter? Outside of the classroom, what difference does it make if we write “who” instead of “whom” or say “good” instead of “well”?

Ryan Bloom breaks down the language wars in his post, “Inescapably, You’re Judged by Your Language”: http://nyr.kr/M2IOWy

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"I write as if I’ve lived a lot of things I haven’t lived."

Margaret Atwood (via theparisreview)

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"The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them."

Vladimir Nabokov (via elucipher)

(Source: iapprovethispost, via yeahwriters)

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"When I was learning how to critique other writers’ stories, one of my biggest lessons was this: Critique the story they wrote, not the story you wish they’d written."

Jodi Meadows (via tristinawright)

(Source: writingabeautifuldisaster, via writeworld)

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