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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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The tension between standing apart and being fully involved: that is what makes a writer

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I still do not know what impels anyone sound of mind to leave dry land and spend a lifetime describing people who do not exist. If it is child’s play, an extension of make believe — something one is frequently assured by people who write about writing — how to account for the overriding wish to do that, just that, and consider it as rational an occupation as riding a bicycle over the Alps?

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Novels are about development of character, short stories are about incident

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I often ask myself what makes a story work, and what makes it hold up as a story, and I have decided that it probably some action, some gesture of a character that is unlike any other in the story, one which indicates where the real heart of the story lies. This would have to be […]

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