“All writing is founded in memory, no matter what kind.”
“I communicate through story. While I don’t always identify myself as a writer, I always identify myself as a storyteller.”
Author James Atlas shares the most important thing he has ever learned about writing.
“I could write 30 pages of how a character meets another character and not wind up using any of it, but I’ll get to know that character. No writing is wasted.”
“You have to go after a story or an essay like a pit bull with a piece of raw meat, and you cannot stop. You cannot let anyone get in your way.”
“I start with a block of words that I carve and carve and carve until I find the simplest and most powerful way to move the narrative along.”
“What I wrote was deeply triggering for me, but I couldn’t arrive at the place I am now if I didn’t see on the page what happened to me.”
After a dozen books, what’s still left to know about this best-selling humorist’s life?
In a word: Plenty.
“I want to write a little bit more like a monster. It requires some practice in finding the right beasts to deploy. It takes a village of Godzillas.”
“What I am at my core is a journalist and a reporter, and I’ve always been drawn to stories that require a lot of reporting and research.”