‘Since writing is ideally a balance between the private vision and the public world, the one passionate and inchoate, the other formally constructed, quick to categorise and assess, it’s necessary to think of this art as a craft. Without craft, art remains private. Without art, craft is merely hackwork.’

– Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of a Writer

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‘This was the first time she had ever worn an evening dress. She stood for a long time before the mirror. She was so tall that the dress came up two or three inches above her ankles – and the shoes were so short they hurt her. She stood in front of the mirror a long time, and finally decided she either looked like a sap or else she looked very beautiful. One or the other.’

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 

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‘To record the world as it is. To set down the past before it is all forgotten. To excavate the past because it has been forgotten… Because to write is to take risks, and it is only by taking risks that we know we are alive. To produce order out of chaos… To thumb my nose at Death… To pass the time, even though it would have passed anyway.’

– Margaret Atwood, On Writers and Writing

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