Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own.
Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.
Fiction - Louise Erdrich - “The Round House”
Nonfiction - Katherine Boo - “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”
Poetry - David Ferry - “Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations”
Young People’s Literature - William Alexander - “Goblin Secrets”
When you are able to witness moments in life and put them into your own words—your own voice—in such a way that others enjoy reading them, you’ve reached that point where as a writer you can move mountains in the minds of your readers.