“The Books of My Youth”
“I am a reader. I’m a writer, too, but I came to writing, as Eudora Welty said, “out of a superior devotion to reading.” I don’t remember ever discovering reading; it was always just there, a love fully-formed, something I was lucky enough to be born with."
“Becoming Jessica Fletcher”
“In my mid-twenties I started to joke about it. I told people I wanted to grow up to be Jessica Fletcher..."
“Write What You Remember”
“This book has managed something altogether magical: it has reached into my world at the exact moment I reached into it..."
“The Uglier the Ugly Stage”
“Revision is an archeological dig and a treasure hunt; it’s the part of the craft where discoveries are made, where the creation has the most potential to surprise its creator...”
“Practical Revision Tools”
“Revision was the first time I took my own work seriously, because I could see just how unserious it was...”