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Joyce Carol Oates on Writing

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“There is an instinct in our species to tell stories. It’s a way of explaining the universe and explaining our world.”

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“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.”
“If you can tell a story as briefly as possible, it’s more dramatic. If it’s too long, then it has the problems of pacing, it could get a little slow. But the shorter you can make a story, the better.”
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