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Wise Words About Endings (and New Beginnings, Too)
Dec 29, 2021
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
"Characters are born not of woman; they are born of a situation, a sentence, a metaphor, containing in a nutshell a basic human possibility. The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them and equally horrified by them."
There are times when the only access I have to the truest person that I am is when I'm alone and trying to solve a sentence. It's exciting, even when it's frustrating, even when I can't do it right.
"You do not have to experience death or destruction or agony to write. You simply have to care about something."
My favorite characters are those who start off in a box--few options, societal constraints--but who transcend their circumstances and find that they are capable of becoming people they did not expect to be.
I spend my life essentially alone at a computer. That doesn’t change. I have the same challenges every day.
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.
...A book is a journey by which a main character, or several characters, ultimately reach a reckoning with themselves. The plot is just the car driving them down the road on that journey.
I write what I wish to be true.
Alisa Lynn Valdés
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