It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
We're always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy.
A period of time is as much an organising principle for a work of fiction as a sense of place. You can do geography, as Faulkner did, or you can dwell on a particular period. It provides the same framework.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
I like commas. I detest semi-colons - I don't think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn't need them, they were fly-specks on the page.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
Books are acts of composition: you compose them. You make music: the music is called fiction.
I have a number of vices, one of which is moderation.
In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.
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