I do so agree with Virginia Woolf where she says the most difficult thing about writing is getting your character from one room to the other. It’s so difficult. What are you going to say—she hopped, she moved, she crawled? You get sick of it, you just want to tip them through the wall without having to go into it.
by Sue Dickman
Her language is colloquial, and while an American reader might be confused by references to unfamiliar words—“jandals,” for example, or “skiting”—it’s never off-putting. Anderson herself claimed that after years of reading American novels, she still had no idea what “bleachers” were. (Tama Janowitz eventually told her.)
As I am trying to have a business conversation with someone who is trying to rip me off in some fabulous and hilarious way, there is always a little figure on my shoulder saying, “Calm down, calm down, because this is going to be in your book.”
by Nicki Leone
The kitchens … are the small domains of the servant classes and the stage for their dramas. Ruled by the cook, presided over by the valet, they are where those in favor lord it over those in disgrace, and where those with ambition do their best to climb over the backs of those in decline.
by Evelyn Somers
I do dispense with traditional chronological narrative. It enlivens the book and keeps me alert. Yes, I am conscious of being experimental: I wish I’d done more.
“The trick is, maybe, that I wrote the story from different perspectives. I went into the characters, and spread their truths in this novel, and kept out, as an author. That’s the point…. Their [the characters’] own truth.
Fiction is serious pretending, and works best if you have studied the terrain and become native to it, through memory and imagination.