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I think poets are much more dramatic, more theatrical than fiction writers.
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To be truthful, some writers stop you dead in your tracks by making you see your own work in the most unflattering light. Each of us will meet a different harbinger of personal failure, some innocent genius chosen by us for reasons having to do with what we see as our own inadequacies.
The only remedy to this I have found is to read a writer whose work is entirely different from another, though not necessarily more like your own-a difference that will remind you of how many rooms there are in the house of art.

— Francine Prose

Too often students are being taught to read as if literature were some kind of ethics class or civics class-or worse, some kind of self-help manual. In fact, the important thing is the way the writer uses the language.

— Francine Prose

[Referring to passage by Alice Munro] Finally, the passage contradicts a form of bad advice often given young writers
namely, that the job of the author is to show, not tell. Needless to say, many great novelists combine "dramatic" showing with long sections of the flat-out authorial narration that is, I guess, what is meant by telling. And the warning against telling leads to a confusion that causes novice writers to think that everything should be acted out
don't tell us a character is happy, show us how she screams "yay" and jumps up and down for joy
when in fact the responsibility of showing should be assumed by the energetic and specific use of language.

— Francine Prose

[It] began to seem amazing how often it was assumed that having a vagina automatically meant I was less intelligent, talented, capable, and interesting than the world's least interesting human being who happened to have a penis.

— Francine Prose

Vinegar of the interrogator with the oil of a flirt,

— Francine Prose

'One Hundred Years of Solitude' convinced me to drop out of Harvard graduate school. The novel reminded me of everything my Ph.D. program was trying to make me forget. Thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

— Francine Prose

I work really long days and I work seven day weeks.

— Francine Prose

Fact-checking is so boring compared to writing fiction.

— Francine Prose

I wrote about four novels before I wrote a word of journalism.

— Francine Prose

A lot of girls who turn into something remarkable start off as irrepressible, confident and a handful.

— Francine Prose

Every page was once a blank page, just as every word that appears on it now was not always there, but instead reflects the final result of countless large and small deliberations.

— Francine Prose

I have one outstanding trait in my character, which must strike anyone who knows me for any length of time, and that is my self-knowledge. I can watch myself and my actions, just like an outsider.

— Francine Prose

Isolated in the attic, Anne could only examine her own history and her own conscience, and try to locate the wellspring of her sadness and her rage.

— Francine Prose

I heard he went home to Poughkeepsie and moved back in with his mom.

— Francine Prose

All the elements of good writing depend on the writer's skill in choosing one word instead of another.

— Francine Prose

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