This best-selling author is a master of blending the real and the fantastic.
“The most important thing about writing is to make sure – once you’ve started a project – don’t stop in the middle if you can help it.”
“Empathy is the true engine of writing; without it, conflict is empty.”
This poet’s art has been largely inspired by his work in prisons.
“I find that I do my best writing when I tune everything else out.”
“If you keep writing down and shaping thoughts, eventually there’ll be a book. It’s not magic, it’s labor.”
“Show your work to people, so they can say to you, it’s not working, and somehow just being told that is soothing, instead of your own doubts and your own shame.”
“Reading poetry every day makes your language more fluid. It makes you more attuned to the weight of words and more conversant with image and metaphor.”
“I knew what a ‘McGuffin’ was before I could divide fractions.”
Author/editor Heidi Pitlor knows how to get inside a character’s – and a reader’s – head.