There was a fantastic article in the New Yorker not long ago called “My Writing Education: A Timeline” by George Saunders. For my fellow writers, I highly recommend
you go give it a read, but for those in a hurry, here are three of my favorite quotes:
“What we’re doing in writing is not all that different from what we’ve been doing all our lives, i.e., using our personalities as a way of coping with life. Writing is about charm, about finding and accessing and honing ones’ particular
charms. ” – G. Saunders
“…literature is a form of fondness-for-life. It is love for life taking verbal form.” – G. Saunders
“A story’s positive virtues are not different from the positive virtues of its writer. A story should be honest, direct, loving, restrained. It can, by being worked and reworked, come to have more power than its length should allow.
A story can be a compressed bundle of energy, and, in fact, the more it is thoughtfully compressed, the more power it will have.” -G. Saunders
The article is mostly about Saunders’ writing teacher, who sounds like an incredible person. Any recent writing/art tips you have to share with the rest of us?