” You become a writer because you need to become a writer – nothing else. “


” I believe in a kind of fidelity to your own early ideas, it’s a kind of antagonism in me to prevailing fads. “


” What I generally tell a class is that if you’re not interested in anybody else’s work but your own, take another class. “


” The Immigrant Story,’ which took me about twenty-five years to write, was a very simple story, but I couldn’t think of how to tell it. Then twenty years after I started it, I found this one page and realized it was going to be the story. That’s the only way you get it sometimes. “


” In prose, I think you sometimes have to write in very plain language, where every line may not seem to be so important, though in all writing every line is important. “


” You have to really understand how people speak, and you have to reconstruct it… Most pleasure in writing, you know, is in inventing. “


” That’s the trouble with stories. People start out fantastic. You think they’re extraordinary, but it turns out as the work goes along, they’re just average with a good education. “


” Whatever you do, life don’t stop. It only sits a minute and dreams a dream. “



All 8 Grace Paley Quotes about You in picture


You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.
I believe in a kind of fidelity to your own early ideas, it


What I generally tell a class is that if you
The Immigrant Story,
In prose, I think you sometimes have to write in very plain language, where every line may not seem to be so important, though in all writing every line is important.
You have to really understand how people speak, and you have to reconstruct it... Most pleasure in writing, you know, is in inventing.
That
Whatever you do, life don
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