E. L. Doctorow
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E. L. Doctorow
One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of…
My theory about why Hemingway killed himself is that he heard his own voice; that he reached the point where he couldn’t write without feeling…
I’m not the sort of writer who can walk into a party and take a look around, see who’s sleeping with whom and go home…
Each book tends to have its own identity rather than the author’s. It speaks from itself rather than you. Each book is unlike the others…
A period of time is as much an organising principle for a work of fiction as a sense of place. You can do geography, as…
Movies are too literal.
Writing is immensely difficult. The short forms especially.
I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.
A new reader shouldn’t be able to find you in your work, though someone who’s read more may begin to.
I thought I would lose, so I didn’t prepare a speech.
I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit card and they don’t know who the hell I am. Maybe that says something…
In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It’s become a fact…
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there’s only narrative.
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at…
Things that appear on the front page of the newspaper as ‘fact’ are far more dangerous than the games played by a novelist, and can…
I like commas. I detest semi-colons – I don’t think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found…
I began to ask two questions while I was reading a book that excited me: not only what was going to happen next, but how…
When you’re working well, you don’t do research. Whatever you need comes to you.
We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.
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