” For me, a memoir is supposed to be understood as a representation of your life, whereas a novel is self-consciously symbolic. “


” Trying to live the image of the life which you have in your head… it’s really hard not to do that, but I do think maybe it’s cheating. “


” Sometimes you can’t write a novel for weeks and weeks, but it’s good for your self-esteem to work on something else. “


” I think making friends you can work with is a skill like any other, developing those particular kinds of intimacies. They’re intimacies like any other, but they grow in a definite direction, not just willy-nilly like normal friendships. “


” I find that when I’m in a relationship, I’m just so ‘in it,’ you couldn’t even call it an art, it’s such embroilment. With a friendship, you can choose a little bit more how to behave. You can be guided more. “


” You think you’re writing the most important book, you think you’re writing the most stupid book, and you never really know before it’s done that it’s going to be done. “


” If you want to write from life, you can’t really write a story. People are always changing, and I think if we didn’t look the same day-to-day, and our self weren’t always in our body, would we even be the same? The continuity is in our bodies. “


” When you’re writing, I think a big part of writing comes out of an attempt to understand yourself. You’re dealing with emotions and thoughts that are native to you. So that probably winds up in your characters. “



All 8 Sheila Heti Quotes about You in picture


For me, a memoir is supposed to be understood as a representation of your life, whereas a novel is self-consciously symbolic.
Trying to live the image of the life which you have in your head... it


Sometimes you can
I think making friends you can work with is a skill like any other, developing those particular kinds of intimacies. They
I find that when I
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If you want to write from life, you can
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