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Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it

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To be an artist — to be constantly imagining and reimagining this reality we move through — is not a hobby, or a half-comic loveable departure from the serious, adult business of ‘producing value’ — it is a form of training ourselves in expanding our ability to love.

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It took me a long time, and many false starts, to find my way to a project where I felt that same synthesis of subject and psychological state again. And when they come together, the writing itself changes: It doesn’t feel like work, it doesn’t feel like sentences in a holding pattern. It’s just necessity.

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Art! It is always the capacity to transform the artist’s internal vision into an external wakefulness that influences social change.

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Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further.

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I write to close my eyes.

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You begin every book as an amateur. … Gradually, by writing sentence after sentence, the book, as it were, reveals itself to you. … Each and every sentence is a revelation

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One of the reasons I think I love writing short stories is that people who love and read them are only there out of a love for literature.

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Journal vs. Diary vs. Notebook

Not necessarily for the better, but the form of a journal nudges your thinking into becoming more linear, in-depth, focused, and comprehensible for a reader with a quick eye and probable impatience. It encourages that word that most writers hate yet desperately need—discipline.

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Anyway, one waits for the creative flow to start. One cannot force it, and shouldn’t. This is what I would like to make clear: that a creative novelist—or dramatist for that matter—always relates back to what he or she has stored up from the first two or three decades of life. Childhood and youth are the source. Certainly all that I have written— the voices, faces, places, and images—the whole creative thrust, comes from my early life.

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