“My best description I can come up with for what it’s like to write a novel is that it is like going into your garage and trying to build a one-of-a-kind, custom musical instrument out of the spare parts you find there, while simultaneously composing the best possible music to play on that instrument. . . as you are learning what this instrument is capable of doing, you change the kind of music you envision you can play on it. There are possibilities that come up that you never imagined.”
“Eventually, as I understood myself better, I was able deal directly with the central issues of the Japanese American experience and meld my short stories into a novel. But it took a very long time.”
by Kaulie Lewis
“Is writing a beauty contest? Is it a sports competition? Beauty and sporting achievement might be associated, in our culture, with youth . . . but there’s no reason this should go for the written word too.”
by Terry Hong
“I’ve been a slam poet, a fiction writer, a performer, and a journalist, and while I have all manner of manuscripts scattered across my apartment and office—poetry, short stories, and even a novel—I’m very picky about what I want to get published, and what will ultimately represent me. This is probably a very bad strategy for a writing career, but there you go.”
by Sonya Chung
What Julia did was focus on what she loved, the life and the obsessions and the treasured friendships in front of her. The rest came together.
“There was too, after writing one novel, the very real question: can I write a second? The first time I had done something in ways that seemed curiously non-reproducible, not even recoverable. Before, one thing had mysteriously led to another, but how to make it happen again?”
by Amy Weldon
We fall back on the novel itself and on our own reactions, delving deeper into the territory of self-investigation. Which is to say, into literature.