7 November, 2007
- My favourite quotes from authors that Freed included in her book, Reading, Writing and Leaving Home:
- Beckett: Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Adrienne Rich: Everything we write will be used against us, or against those we love.
- Somerset Maugham: What I want to feel is that it’s not a story I’m reading, but a life I’m living.
- Carson McCullers: I must go home periodically to renew my sense of horror.
- Joyce Carol Oates: So primary is homesickness as a motive for writing fiction, so powerful the yearning to memorialize what we’ve lived, inhabited, been hurt by and loved, that the impulse often goes unacknowledged.
- Nancy Willard: A writer with a fixed idea is like a goose laying a stone.
- Madeleine L’Engle: Don’t think. Write. We think before we write a story, and afterward, but during the writing we listen.
- V.S. Naipaul: Great subjects are illuminated best by small dramas.
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