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Dani Shapiro

Still Writing

    Aureliahas quoted5 years ago
    What I do know–-what I’ve spent the past couple of decades learning about myself—is that if I’m not writing, I’m not well. If I’m not writing, the world around me is slowly leached of its color. My senses are dulled.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    “I have to get lost so I can invent some way out.”
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    This is the writer’s mind when embarking on a piece of work. We sit perched in front of our laptop screen, or our spiral-bound notebook, or giant desktop monitor, and—we freeze. After all, it’s so important, isn’t it, where we start? Don’t we need a plan? Hadn’t we better know where we’re going? The stakes feel impossibly high. We’re convinced that first word will dictate every word that follows. We are tyrannized by our options. All sorts of voices scream in our heads. First person or third? Present tense or past? The span of five minutes? Or two hundred years? What the hell are we doing? We don’t know.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    If I’m not writing, my heart hardens, rather than lifts.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    then the wave has won. We don’t want the wave to win. We want to recognize it, accept its power, and even learn to ride it. We want to learn to withstand those wild surges, because everything we need to know, everything valuable, is contained within them.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    Here’s a short list of what not to do when you sit down to write.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    anted to unearth the sources of my parents’ pain,
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    The idea of becoming a writer was more remote to me than becoming an astronaut.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    peel away the surface was a training ground for who and what I would grow up to become.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    o I spent my childhood straining to hear.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    I loved my parents, but I didn’t want to be like them. I didn’t want to be afraid of life. The trouble was, their way was all I knew.
    Reemhas quoted2 years ago
    “Endings are elusive, middles are nowhere to be found, but worst of all is to begin, to begin, to begin!”
    —Donald Barthelme
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    is the truest lesson I know about writing—and about life—that we must always move in the direction of our own true calling, not anyone else’s.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    The page turns from us like a wounded lover.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    Life doesn’t pause to make room for our precious writing time
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    writers ever since writing began have had problems, and the main problem narrows down to just one word—life.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    I prefer to think of it as rhythm rather than discipline.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    Three pages a day, five days a week.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    At times, it will elude you. At times, it will seem to have abandoned you. But in the face of this, be persistent, dogged, patient, determined.
    Katya Kovalyovahas quoted3 years ago
    Courage is all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
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