"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)
"Everything seems to me to be such a cliché as soon as I say it."
— Peter Taylor (via theparisreview)
"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)
"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)