“Yes, I hoped and dreamed, of course (don’t we all?), but in the same way that you hope and dream you’ll win the lottery, not in the way that you think it will actually happen. It’s been an amazing ride …”
by Shoba Viswanathan
“You should write about what you don’t know about what you know. So yes I gave my Mother character a few of my things, as a place to start. I needed to start from a place of familiarity to explore the unknown. ”
by Maddie King
“Alma is Wanda is Barbara is Nathalie is… arguably, the story that ties these women together has had a slow bloom. Through mediums, languages, spaces, it has refracted.”
by Marlene Adelstein
Looking back, there were fleeting moments of ecstatic writing pleasure . . . That feeling of gratification is just enough to make me want to do the whole damn thing again, with a new story and new characters, no matter how long it will take.
by Lisa Peet
“There’s something about the physical presence of the book, and the power of agency of your own attention. It’s a very personal experience.”
by Joan Schweighardt
“Grieving is not a process of the ego, which only wants stability and to be in charge. Speaking generally, grief resists efforts to be rushed so that you can get back to work and become productive again.”
by Roy J. Adams
I asked the prof if he thought I had any chance of becoming a successful writer. He hesitated and said, “It takes commitment and tremendous discipline. To become an excellent writer requires a long apprenticeship and there is no assurance of success” … I decided that the risk was too great and looked for alternatives that offered a surer payoff.
by Alice Stephens
“While yoga is a moving meditation, I find writing to be a seated one. They both take me out of the clutter of life and into a world where my mind moves at its own pace.”