Monday, February 28, 2011


"Every novel is a failure in that you can never achieve what you truly want to achieve. That thing you dreamt on the riverbank is never the thing you achieve when you are back at the writing table, or when the paper is coming out of the printer."

Colum McCann

Monday, February 14, 2011


We can live quiet, apparently sedate lives if we express our wildness by risking and leaping in our writing.

Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, in poemcrazy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


From an interview with Virginia Euwer Wolff, published in the back of her book, the mozart season :

Q: What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about writing?

A: "When a story is in trouble, you will ALWAYS find the source of the trouble in the point of view."  It was said in a voice and accent from the Deep South of the United States, and I might someday find that it was wrong advice, but so far, it has worked.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Stephen King