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E. L. Doctorow on Writing

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“I thought of myself as a writer for years before I got around to writing anything.”

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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.”
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that is is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
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