To read is to cover one's face. And to write is to show it.
Every story, every poem, every written piece is about belonging. There is a me, there is a we, there is an us, and we want to belong to it or we don't want to belong. You can read every story with this as its main focus.
I knew little, but at least I knew that: no one could speak for someone else. That although we might want to tell other people's stories, we always end up telling our own.
For me, writing is a way of finding out about things I didn't know before I began writing.
Everything has been said and everything has been done, but you still feel like you are looking for something.
You're looking for something, I don't know what I'm looking for, but I'm looking. Writing is a lot about that. When you write a poem. When you write a novel.
I am still trying to find out things. And I inevitably tell myself the story in different ways every time I think about it.
Literature is about getting in touch. It sounds so hippie, but it really is about sharing stuff. We are a community that doesn't seem to be important for the rest of society, but we are people who want to get in touch - really in touch. We want to be thinking together.
If you write, and you are really alone (writing is a lonely thing), you learn to be alone without suffering. When you read, you also learn to do this. When you write, you deal with things.
Publishing my book is like giving it away. At first you start talking about it, but you are basically letting go. I won't say it's like giving birth because I haven't given birth. It's more like when your children leave home.
You can say that literature is about topics like love, death, and all that, but I think there is only one topic that applies to all literature and that is belonging.
You are told that you have to eliminate un-useful sentences, but as a writer you know how important details are.
I think about Chilean literature as a family, because I grew up reading the literature of my country. I feel like I have fathers and stepfathers and a lot of brothers and sisters and distant cousins and all that.
When you read a novel, you know what to expect because you've been reading novels for a long time.
As a child, all you see is that adults are not playing. Adults are not talking too much. Adults don't want to relate to each other.
I was going to be a memory when I grew up.
I remember thinking, without pride of self-pity, that I was not rich or poor, that I wasn't good or bad. But that was difficult: to be neither good nor bad. It seemed to me, in the end, the same as being bad.
The ways in which a standardized language test induces storytelling, for example, is the opposite of creative writing; you have to learn a logical way to start a story, whereas in creative writing you may begin at the end or begin at the middle of the story.
The stories on standardized tests don't have one author, therefore they can never authentically be in the first person. Imagine that! Everywhere, there are these tests that have been written by multiple people.
We rely too much on the people we share our lives with. We hold them responsible for things they are not even aware of. We start blaming them.
I was a nerdy kid and I was writing and showing other fellows who are still my friends what I was writing. We were sharing that and kept sharing it. The experiences they had were so different than mine.
I've been writing most of my life; it's just something I do.
I don't have any doubts that I need writing. I need it personally because this is the way I think.
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