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E. L. Doctorow on Writing

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“I've known several cases of writers who decide to write about something and they research the hell out of it and when they're ready to write, they can't move because they are so burdened. I start writing. Whatever I need somehow comes to hand.”

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“When I'm writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences.”
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
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