” Empathy is not as complicated when you have some aspects in common with your character, it’s not impossible to know someone who’s like you in many ways but different in one. This is true especially if you are a reader. Reading makes you accustomed to inhabiting other lives and sensibilities. “


” I have three brothers and one sister, and I’m the third child. Sometimes people say, ‘It’s only natural you would become a writer – your parents were English professors.’ But my four siblings were brought up in the exact same household, and no one else became a writer or an English professor. “


” I think maybe short stories operate in some of the same ways that poems do. They frame single or small moments and elevate those. They give you insight into more minor dramas maybe, dramas between smaller groups of people. “


” I’m a little hesitant to make my characters sentimental or to risk having the work labeled sentimental. It’s something that I resist as a reader, and I don’t resist it in life. I’m not an unmoved person by any stretch, but I think I don’t want, I guess, to indulge those kinds of things sometimes in fiction. I can’t tell you why exactly. “


” I guess the thing I would say most fervently is that your original impulse to write something is an impulse you should trust, and that if it doesn’t work on the first draft, which it hardly ever does, the commitment to revising ought to be something you embrace really early. And to revise and revise and revise. “


” I think what I like best is that when people give talks or workshops, it doesn’t really matter what level you are as a writer – whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been around the block a bit, there’s something that you can take away from every session. “



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I have three brothers and one sister, and I


I think maybe short stories operate in some of the same ways that poems do. They frame single or small moments and elevate those. They give you insight into more minor dramas maybe, dramas between smaller groups of people.
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I guess the thing I would say most fervently is that your original impulse to write something is an impulse you should trust, and that if it doesn
I think what I like best is that when people give talks or workshops, it doesn
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