To write is to reveal oneself.When I write something, fiction or non-fiction, I do not expect you to accept what I write, nor to agree with what I propose.I expect you to spend at least a tenth of a second to think about it – may be not about the characters, nor about the piece,...
Literature always anticipates life. It doesn’t copy it but moulds it to it’s purpose.
I had a little epiphany when I was a writer at ‘Chicago’ magazine. I sat down to dinner at the Ritz-Carlton. Somebody poured a white dessert wine with chocolate cake. It was a wine I would never have expected to make sense. The idea of any wine tasting fabulous with chocolate cake was fascinating to...
I was a woman and did not yet think of myself as a writer. I was a mapmaker.
Negative experiences repeat as long as they remain useful to you.
And each book has to receive your best effort every single time. No slacking.
Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.
But dear, don’t be afraid of love it’s only magic.
I know how you feel because I’ve been there too. I’ve hated and I’ve loved. I’ve seen my demons root and crawl and my angels branch and soar. I’ve died within myself and lived a thousand different lives. I too fight the same war and I too am drowning in the puddles of self-consciousness this...
She had more of me then I had of myself. We were both wild birds chasing the stars. We’d lose our way and find new places, close our eyes and fall back towards a constellation of dreams. We wrapped ourselves in a blanket of passion and each night we fell deeper without control, into this...
Madness and chaos are self-destructing but over thinking is the suicide.
The pale organisms of literary heroes feeding under the author’s supervision swell gradually with the reader’s lifeblood; so that the genius of a writer consists in giving them the faculty to adapt themselves to that – not very appetizing – food and thrive on it, sometimes for centuries.
What a lonely and silly thing it is to be an Armenian writer in America.
On Twitter, people who had read my book followed me and I could see what else they were reading, why they’d liked what I’d written and by the by, more about them than I’d ever elicit from two minutes in a tent at a book festival, stuck behind a signing desk.
Being a writer is a more difficult job than people imagine.
Researching books gets you into nothing but trouble.
Just write. That’s my only tip. And read. I guess that’s two.
I realised early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job.