“The knot in which the soul was bound is no trick knot, coming apart with a tug at its end. On the contrary, it grows tighter and tighter. We work at it, untying it, tracing the path of the string, seeking the end, and out of this manipulating comes art…”
“I write. It’s an action, not an identity. For me, writing has always been the way I’ve come to know my own mind, feeling through the sounds of words to the forms they make, and from those forms to the life beyond them.”
“That stepping outside of who you are—there are definite ways to do so. If you have the passion, please do.”
The advantage in going to the [MFA] program so late was that by then I had developed a pattern of discipline when it came to learning. I knew what could be gained by committing oneself in a very serious way.
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 Terry Hong
I believe that my illness did change me as a writer, because being so closed off from ordinary experiences – everyday social interactions, going outside, eating normal foods – in the hospital made me appreciate them far more keenly. The time I spent home with my children changed me as well. So much of my life previously had been spent in the library or in front of a computer screen. I think these experiences gave me a greater interest in trying to capture the texture and meaning of daily life in my books.
by Terry Hong
“I did not understand that the experiences which made me nervous and uncomfortable, which I was quick to bury, also made me creative.”