“A writer once told me there is only one way to create: as if your life depends on it, which it does.”
“Breaking the ground is a very important phase. It’s a difficult phase, but once you take the time to do that, the book somehow propels you forward.”
“When I’m on a project, it’s good to be immersed in it, to return to it, daily.”
“You need to really get inside the head of someone who is not you and give them a voice and dignity.”
“Fiction’s not a place for hiding. Your skin is in the game, from the moment you begin.”
It’s good for me to notice the tiniest sub-“thought” which goes through my mind, almost too fast to notice—to catch it before it’s gone, to jot it down. Whhhsshht!
You have to be prepared to embrace a life of solitude. Not all the time. But when you’re writing, that’s what is required.
“If you present the emotional truth of a situation, particularly in an essay or a poem, it transcends genre.”
“There is no competition for vulnerability. We are all in that together.”
The poet learned to “get out of earth’s orbit” to find freedom and a sense of wonder in her writing.