How to Write: A Year in Advice from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Angela Flournoy, T.C. Boyle, and More – The Atlantic

“When it’s done right, fiction provides the authority to speak about deep things; at the same time, it provides a shield, a mask. The mask lets you say things, talk about things, that you couldn’t ordinarily talk about.” – Lorin Stein

“At a certain point, you have to be kind to yourself as a writer and trust your own motives. You have to have confidence that you’re coming from the right place. You have to allow yourself to let loose, pursue a good story, and create people who feel real. Not good, not bad, certainly not perfect—just real.” – Angela Flournoy

“I think the best endings bring you back in, rather than close things off with absolute finality. I’m not saying they necessarily have to be ambiguous, but we don’t always need to know what happens when everyone wakes up tomorrow morning … When I start a story, I don’t know what the ending will be in advance. I very much believe in working organically—that is, I don’t know what the story will be or what’s going to happen.

This is the beauty of the art of fiction, as opposed to laying out an essay or writing a thriller. You remain open to the possibilities throughout the entire story. When they’re lucky, the artist finds one line, one moment that brings it all together. It’s hard to say how certain stories just punch us in the heart and the brain at the same time at the end. I suppose that’s what we’re all looking for.” – T.C. Boyle

Just a few quotes that I love in this article.  Click on the link below to read the full article – it’s just freakin’ amazing and a fitting guide for my 2016 year of writing.

Source: How to Write: A Year in Advice from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Angela Flournoy, T.C. Boyle, and More – The Atlantic

2 comments on “How to Write: A Year in Advice from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Angela Flournoy, T.C. Boyle, and More – The Atlantic”

  1. kevinhog

    “When it’s done right, fiction provides the authority to speak about deep things; at the same time, it provides a shield, a mask. The mask lets you say things, talk about things, that you couldn’t ordinarily talk about.” – Lorin Stein
    That’s my formula exactly, I rarely know what happens next. I don’t know if I’m doing it right but I am trying.

    • Liz

      Same here, Kevin, so we might as well keep doing it what feels right versus what people say is the right thing to do! I rarely know what I’m doing but I keep at what I believe in and what makes me feel good about myself, which is to do what feels right for me. Sometimes when I force it, like my last book when I tried to make it fit into a specific genre and give it a specific happily ever after ending, it just didn’t feel right. But it’s done, and thank goodness it’s a series so I can do the right thing for the second book 🙂

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