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"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

— Somerset Maugham (via ellenkushner)

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"If you don’t feel you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then what you’re doing probably isn’t very vital. If you don’t feel that you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don’t have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you’re not trying to tell enough."

— John Irving

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"It is June.
I am tired of being brave."

— Anne Sexton, from The Truth The Dead Know (via saibennett)

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"When I was in my early twenties I had a day job, and once I was with my husband and a group of people when we met a woman who told us all she was a writer. “Are you published?” someone asked her. “Not yet,” she said, “but I will be.” I was seized with envy, at her bravery for saying it, and for her certainty for knowing it. Inside my head I wrote myself saying, “Me too.”"

— The PEN Ten interview with Roxana Robinson (via luxlotus)

I met Roxana Robinson at Wesleyan last summer. She’s brilliant. This is a great interview. Thanks to Lauren Cerand for curating this series.