Joan Didion – I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking

Joan Didion – I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking

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I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what⋅⋅⋅
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Enid Bagnold – writing is the Streaming reason for living

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Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin⋅⋅⋅
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Elie Wiesel: Going behind the veil

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Acutely aware of the poverty of my means, language became obstacle. At every page I thought, ‘That’s not it.’ So I began again with other⋅⋅⋅
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Donald E. Westlake: Writing begins with language

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In the most basic way, writers are defined not by the stories they tell, or their politics, or their gender, or their race, but by⋅⋅⋅
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Paul West: Do not burn with gemlike flame

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Of course the writer cannot always burn with a hard gemlike flame or a white heat, but it should be possible to be a chubby⋅⋅⋅
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William Saroyan: How do you write

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How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how, and you do it the way the old English walnut tree puts forth leaf⋅⋅⋅
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Alice Hoffman: Love is possible and real

I wrote to find beauty and purpose, to know that love is possible and lasting and real, to see day lilies and swimming pools, loyalty⋅⋅⋅
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Richard Ford: Writing is dark and lonely

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Beware of writers who tell you how hard they work. (Beware of anybody who tries to tell you that.) Writing is indeed often dark and⋅⋅⋅
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Geraldine Brooks: Seeking emotional truths

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Write what you know. Every guide for the aspiring author advises this. Because I live in a long-settled rural place, I know certain things. I⋅⋅⋅
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James J. Kilpatrick: Ask how and why

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Five common traits of good writers: (1) They have something to say. (2) They read widely and have done so since childhood. (3) They possess⋅⋅⋅
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