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Elizabeth Percer

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Boston, MA, The United States


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Elizabeth Percer is the author of the novels All Stories Are Love Stories and An Uncommon Education. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received a BA in English from Wellesley, a PhD in arts education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for the National Writing Project at UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her husband and three children

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I'm not sure I do let them my characters go. It's more like they let me go, kind of like condescending teenagers patting you on the head an…more
Hi William!

I'm not sure I do let them my characters go. It's more like they let me go, kind of like condescending teenagers patting you on the head and telling you you've done a great job before stranding you in the home you've been sharing for what seems like forever. That said, there is a point at which I recognize that the story I've written for them has run its course, and that to stay with it any longer is to do a disservice to us both.

As a side note, if anything, I miss my minor characters the most, as I get to spend the least amount of time with them. ;)


Average rating: 3.2 · 2,016 ratings · 353 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Stories Are Love Stories

3.29 avg rating — 814 ratings — published 2016 — 11 editions
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An Uncommon Education

3.14 avg rating — 1,200 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2013
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Writer's Log, May 23rd: Fun Shaming

Every now and then, I’ll meet someone who comes to a full stop when I tell them I’m a novelist. “What?” they’ll say. “A novelist,” I’ll say, and then, because I’m super helpful I add, “I write fiction.” “Wow,” they’ll say, “Really?” “Really,” I say, trying to will the tics from kicking in. “Have you published anything?” they’ll stutter next. “I have,” I say. “Wow,” they say, relieved, “Good for yo Read more of this blog post »
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“His information was multifaceted, almost colorful. Had he not delivered it with such impassivity, spinning on his backless chair as if he were at the center of some odd carousel - we the horses, each with our own rigid purpose: names for me, numbers for my father, promises for my mother - it would have been a speech worth remembering.”
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“Every morning in San Francisco was a bit like waking up on the edge of the earth: beautiful and damp and wild, full of the strange music people make, open-armed, into the wind.”
Elizabeth Percer, All Stories Are Love Stories

“I realized that the more and more frustrated I became, the more and more I tried anew to tackle my writing, the less it gave me. And an amazing truth began to bubble to the surface. It was this: the harder I worked at my writing instead of with it, the more it would back away from me. Creative writing doesn’t want to be worked at, just as cakes don’t want you opening the oven door on them all the time, or animals don’t want you harassing them into submission, or children don’t want you to force feed them the rules for growth. You can bake a cake or tame an animal or raise a child under these circumstances, but it will emerge tragically deflated, a poor approximation of what it might have been.”
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“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
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“There is nothing more precious than laughter”
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