Saturday, 11 August 2007

Quotes from Flannery O’Connor on writing

‘I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.’

‘The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.’

‘You can't clobber any reader while he's looking. You divert his attention, then you clobber him and he never knows what hit him.’

‘Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.’

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