Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 1935
Five Quotes On Writing
- You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
- For most of my adult life I simply didn’t think of myself as a writer. But I was always a reader — an omnivorous, greedy one. It’s probably natural for readers to move into writing, and that’s essentially what happened to me.
- I rarely put female characters in the up-front place in a story or novel. That is a reflection of the real world, like it or not.
- I listen attentively in bars and cafes, while standing in line at the checkout counter, noting particular pronunciations and the rhythms of regional speech, vivid turns of speech and the duller talk of everyday life.
- I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language.
Five Techniques for Good Craftsmanship
- Proceed slowly and take care.
- To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand.
- Write slowly and by hand only about subjects that interest you.
- Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading.
- Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase / sentence / paragraph / page / story / chapter.
Proulx is an American journalist and author of eight books. She has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx.
Her second novel, The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a film of the same name. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards.
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