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E. L. Doctorow quotes

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of writing to find out what I was writing.

It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

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

Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.

A new reader shouldn't be able to find you in your work, though someone who's read more may begin to.

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.

I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit card and they don't know who the hell I am. Maybe that says something about bookstore clerks.

I did have a feeling then that the culture of factuality was so dominating that storytelling had lost all its authority.

I thought I would lose, so I didn't prepare a speech.

I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.

Movies are too literal.

Somewhere along the line the rhythms and tonalities of music elided in my brain with the sounds that words make and the rhythm that sentences have.

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.

The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.