--NOTHING'S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT ME NOW
...I'm reading "This Is How" by M.J. Hyland. I loved both her other books and especially "How The Light Gets In." Her writing is incredibly clean and spare, with undertones of sorrow. She has a uniquely fresh voice, which is hard to find anymore.
...Yesterday I finished "Is Life Like This?" by John Dufresne. It's about novel writing, but really more than that. It's been helpful as I slog through my novel.
Here are some of the best bits:
-We make sense of the world by telling stories. Stories order the chaos of life.
-You can’t tell a proper story while you’re in tears.
-The writer’s problem, and her opportunity, is knowing the world.
-We spend too much of our lives not feeling, not living, so much as acting, going through the motions.
-Failure is a more humbling experience than most of us want to suffer.
-You have to get over the notion that you are wasting your time by sitting and writing, by thinking and feeling frustrated at what you’ve written.
-In the long run, you want to be a writer more than you want to have written one book.
-Every novel is about trouble.
-Fiction is a humbling business.
-Talk is how we find our solace, after all.
-Travel trains us to notice. We allow ourselves to become susceptible to the stimuli around us.
--Writing is like carpentry—it’s a craft. You learn it through a long apprenticeship.
--Being a fiction writer is being an archeologist.
--The truth about a good novel is that nothing is ever what it seems to be.
--We read novels for the people who live in them because we read to learn about ourselves.
--Everyone who has a life thinks he has a novel to write.
-At the heart of humor, as at the heart of all art, as at the heart of truth and beauty, is suffering.
-Responsible fiction is subversive in that it asks us to question our lives and the status quo, and it doesn’t let us get away with glib answers.
-The telephone, the internet…All of this keeps us from examining our lives, keeps us bewildered.-Our job—our privilege—as fiction writers, is to imagine and inhabit the lives of others.