You thought that you were the permanent part of your own experience, the net that held it all together - until you discovered that there were many selves, dissolving into one another so quickly over time that the buildings and the trees and even the pavement turned out to have more substance than you did.— Nell Freudenberger
The most colossal Nell Freudenberger quotes that will activate your desire to change
It's usually easier for me to begin writing in a character's voice if that person is different from me in some significant way.
I think, in general, it's better not to respond to reviews of your work.
If somebody says your story is only published because you look nice in the photo, that maybe spurs you on to write.
Alice Munro is a particular kind of short story writer in that she writes long, character-driven short stories.
I like it when someone gives me a new book of poetry by a poet I haven't read.
I've always been a little bit more of a novel reader than a short story reader.
I think the first books that made me want to be a writer were novels.
I think the few writers who influenced me most in writing short stories are Alice Munro and Grace Paley. They're very different, and I can't do what they do, but reading them gives me hope that I'll learn something from them.
Research for fiction is a funny thing: you go looking for one piece of information, and find something altogether different.
I think that the practice of writing every day was what made me remember that writing doesn't have anything to do with publishing books. It can be totally separate and private - a comforting thought.
I'm not a big Woody Allen fan, but thought 'Husbands and Wives' was great.
Most good fiction also has a character the writer seems to know more deeply than anyone can actually be known in life, but a few unusual writers can make something great without that.
I can't listen to music when I'm writing. I like music best in a car or on the train.