People forget years and remember moments.
Because I don’t work with an outline, writing a story is like crossing a stream, now I’m on this rock, now I’m on this rock, now I’m on this rock.
Clichés so often befall vain people.
There is some reason, obviously, that you are drawn to your material, but the way in which you explore it might come to be quite different from what you would expect.
I don't write about things that I have the answers to or things that are very close to home. It just wouldn't be any adventure. It wouldn't have any vitality.
I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
Nobody can assume that, to a writer, everything is off-limits.
Clouds are poems, and the most moving poems linger on the blackboard so long, written in cursive so lovely, they also exist inside our fingertips. We never really erase them at the end of the lesson.
I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
Whatever one intends, the work takes on a life of its own.
Italics provide a wonderful advantage: you see, right away, that the words are in a rush. When something exists at a slant, you can't help but consider irony.
When I lived in New York, not only did I have safety locks on the door but I had the music going, keeping the city at a distance, trying to find creative time and peace and so forth.
It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing, cynical writer. I've never known what to make of that.
The admiration of another writer’s work is almost in inverse proportion to similarities in style.
Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share so little in common and who are lumped together as minimalists are not terribly happy with.
While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things - that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story.
I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.
the real killer was when you married the wrong person but had the right children.
If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
Much of what happens in Love Always is really from overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room. It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood agents think and talk to each other.
I've spent my life supporting myself.
I think almost always that what gets me going with a story is the atmosphere, the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters, not the other way around.
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