“The more specific you are in writing, the more general an audience can react to it.”
“After I find a good routine – which, for me, usually involves absolute quiet, at least two hours of uninterrupted time, and a pot of black coffee – the writing starts going well, and then I can forget about the routine.”
Natalie Bober is an award-winning and critically acclaimed biographer and historian.
“As I work on a project, typically a book-length essay, I try to ask myself, what puts the reader at the most extreme point of discomfiture?”
Dan Sheehan, a recipient of the 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship, is a journalist, editor, and fiction writer.
“The process of rewriting is so important, it’s like breathing to a writer. It’s everything.”
“Good writing is what happens when you stop thinking about the writing itself and think more straightforwardly about what it is you’re trying to say.”
“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.”