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.
“Creating people out of nothing and putting them on paper seemed like an amusing and interesting thing to do.”
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.”
“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.
“The best lines that you write, at least sometimes, are the truest lines, and they’ll sometimes startle you when they come out. And to get at that place, where things are really true, is often uncomfortable. At least for me. Maybe if I’d lived a nicer life it wouldn’t be.”
by Rob Jacklosky
But the author of Middlemarch, Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss would need more reading and learning and, even more crucially, more experience—particularly in relationships with men—before she began her career as a novelist.
by Jennifer Acker
He has been hailed as a writer who excels in the investigation of memory, but it’s not a fixed past that offers the siren’s call; it is a past that dreams of and anticipates a future full of longing for itself.