“I realized I had to center myself and people like me in my writing because I didn’t know who else would.”
by Andy Shi
“If in these characters you recognize your own psychosis, if the plot at large seems less redolent of the Red Scare of the 1950s and resembles more today’s sociopolitical bedlam, you are not wrong.”
by Terry Hong
“The ideas of The Farm are ones that have obsessed me for decades…”
by Marin Sardy
There was also something rigid about Gram Julia…traits associated with schizophrenia… Later an uncle recoiled at the idea. The family already had a story in place to explain Gram Julia. “Selfish,” they said. “A character.”
by Juhi Singhal Karan
What do authors need “in order to release [their] imagination,” as Toni Morrison put it? . . . The process of writing is as fascinating as the written word itself, as will be evident from these five bloomers, each of whom had their own unique ritual.
by Kaulie Lewis
Cathe Shubert considered both Ozick’s and Bovy’s essays as reflections on that essential question: “Why do we write? . . . Perhaps, she seems to suggest, the answers of “young” and “old” authors are more similar than we think.
I believe that intentions matter. They matter in life and they matter in writing fiction. If you sincerely want to explore the humanity of a character who happens to be of a different race, that sincerity will shine through. Readers are so awesomely smart.