” Writing, to me, is like kayaking a river. You are paddling down, and you come to a walled-off canyon, and you make a sharp turn, and you don’t know what’s around the corner. It could be a waterfall, it could be a big pool. The narrative current carries you. You’re surprised, and you’re thrilled, and sometimes you’re terrified. “


” Surfing is a life path. You have to really commit… You have to let go and have faith that it’s gonna work out when you take off. “


” I like the drinking-out-of-the-fire-hose approach – you’re getting way more than you can handle. “


” I got out of Iowa all set to be a poet and a novelist, but you know what? It’s really tough to make a living as a poet. “


” I have two younger sisters, and it was a family full of creativity. “


” The one thing they didn’t tell you at Iowa is how hard it is to make a living writing fiction and poetry. “


” Writing nonfiction, you’re responsible to posterity, to history, to other people because the events happened, and you feel responsible to record them as they happened. “


” With fiction, I felt like I could bring to bear my full imagination, my entire heart, and so you feel very vulnerable. It’s not your physical life, but it’s everything else, so it felt like a lot was at stake. “


” There’s always been in my life that tension between living and writing. For me, because I’m so physically exuberant, it was extra hard to sit still at the desk and put in the hours that you need to put in to write. “



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Surfing is a life path. You have to really commit... You have to let go and have faith that it


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I got out of Iowa all set to be a poet and a novelist, but you know what? It
I have two younger sisters, and it was a family full of creativity.
The one thing they didn
Writing nonfiction, you
With fiction, I felt like I could bring to bear my full imagination, my entire heart, and so you feel very vulnerable. It
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