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Wise Words About Endings (and New Beginnings, Too)
Dec 29, 2021
I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.
I still like the relationship part of any story. You don't want your character to figure everything out and then at the end of the day, go home and eat soup from a can by herself.
I am so grateful to be a writer. I hope every child grows up and finds something to do that will seem important and that will seem precious. Happy living and, especially, happy playing.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
"In fiction, you can sometimes tell the truth better."
John Nardizzi, author (and investigator for the Innocence Project)
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
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 I fear.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader--not the fact that it's raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary.
How stringently the writer holds to the truth inside the lie is one of the ways that he can judge how seriously he takes his craft.
We boil at different degrees.
I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
J. D. Salinger
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