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Joyce Carol Oates on Writing

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“Keeping a journal sharpens our senses. It’s like an exercise in writing. If you’re describing a scene, you are practicing the act of writing—which is very important—and thinking in language.”

More from Joyce Carol Oates

“There is an instinct in our species to tell stories. It’s a way of explaining the universe and explaining our world.”
“The only thing that’s bad for writing is being interrupted. You have to have time to write. And while that seems obvious, you’re probably living a life with a lot of interruptions.”
“There’s only one rule of show business, or writing. And that’s don’t be boring.”
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