” My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That’s no length for a short story to be. You either do them short like Carver or you stop trying. “


” As far as I’m concerned, if you want to find out about the last day of WWII or the roots of the Indian Mutiny, get thee to a books catalogue. “


” Your mid-thirties is a good time because you know a fair amount, you have some self-control. “


” You know, you don’t expect everyone to be as educated as everyone else or have the same achievements, but you expect at least to be offered at least some of the opportunities, and libraries are the most simple and the most open way to give people access to books. “


” Normally, young writers have all the time in the world and they don’t always use it well. “


” People with children will know this: when the childcare is over, it’s over on the dot. You immediately have to go into child mode, there’s no down time. “


” Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you. “


” Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation.’ You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle.’ All that matters is what you leave on the page. “


” Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied. “


” One thing you can’t intend is how you will be read. I hear it said a lot that my books are about the ‘search for identity’, and this is said admiringly, as if I meant to encourage such a search. “


” If you’re going to write a good book, you have to make mistakes and you have to not be so cautious all the time. “


” You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages. “


” The roots of rap are originally ghetto-ised or extremely working class. So when you’re an artist who’s making something which isn’t how its mainstream appearance should be, there’s always these strange questions of authenticity and what you have to do to be ‘real’ as a rapper. “



All 13 Zadie Smith Quotes about You in picture


My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That
As far as I
Your mid-thirties is a good time because you know a fair amount, you have some self-control.
You know, you don
Normally, young writers have all the time in the world and they don
People with children will know this: when the childcare is over, it
Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
Don
Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand - but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.
One thing you can
If you
You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages.
The roots of rap are originally ghetto-ised or extremely working class. So when you

Topics: