Friday, January 29, 2010

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Alice McDermott writes about writing: 'Bend Sinister: A Handbook for Writers'

"I have never been a student in a writing workshop where the phrases "a short story must never" or "a novel must always" didn't fill me with the determination to write a story that did what it mustn't or a novel that didn't do what it must.

And in the 20 years I've been leading writing workshops I have never answered any question that begins, "Are you allowed to." or ends, "Can you do that?" with anything more precise than, "You can do whatever you can get away with." —Alice McDermott

1 comment:

  1. Such freedom. And why not? McDermott embodies the more creative approach: "rules are meant to be broken".