"I write as if I’ve lived a lot of things I haven’t lived."
— Margaret Atwood (via theparisreview)
"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)
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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)
"Today when I begin writing I’m aware: something that I don’t understand drives this engine."
— Donald Hall (via theparisreview)
"One writes out of one thing only — one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."
— James Baldwin (via observando)