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The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life by Ann Patchett
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“The more we are willing to separate from distraction and step into the open arms of boredom, the more writing will get on the page.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that to get to the art, you must master the craft. If you want to write, practice writing.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“It turns out that the distance from head to hand, from wafting butterfly to entomological specimen, is achieved through regular, disciplined practice. What begins as something like a dream will in fact stay a dream forever unless you have the tools and the discipline to bring it out.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Maybe everyone does have a novel in them, perhaps even a great one. I don't believe it, but for the purposes of this argument, let's say it's so. Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“The journey from the head to the hand is perilous and lined with bodies. It is the road on which nearly everyone who wants to write—and many of the people who do write—get lost.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“It’s a wonderful thing to find a great teacher, but you also have to find him or her at a time in life when you’re able to listen to, trust, and implement the lessons you receive.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“We all have ideas, sometimes good ones, not to mention the gift of emotional turmoil that every childhood provides.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“I think that what influences us in literature comes less from what we love and more from what we happen to pick up in moments when we are especially open.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“What I like about the job of being a novelist, and at the same time what I find so exhausting about it, is that it's the closest thing to being God you're ever going to get. All the decisions are yours. You decide when the sun comes up. You decide who gets to fall in love and who gets hit by a car. You have to make all the trees and all the leaves and then sew the leaves onto the trees. You make the entire world.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“There are in life a few miraculous moments when the right person is there to tell you what you need to hear and you are still open enough, impressionable enough, to take it in.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness,”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“An essential element of being a writer is learning whom to listen to and whom to ignore where your work is concerned. Every”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“a woman raised her hand and said that her minister had told the congregation that they should never read novels with omniscient narrators, because the writer was trying to imitate God. “Really?” I said. “No Tolstoy? No Dickens?” The woman shook her head. I have to say it thrilled me to think that narrative structure was dangerous enough to rate its own Sunday sermon.) ”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“as far as I’m concerned, writer’s block is a myth.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“We are, however, entirely responsible for procrastination, and in the best of all possible worlds, we should also be responsible for being honest with ourselves about what is really going on. I”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“I remember complaining one night on the phone to my mother that we spent too much of our time worrying about love and money. “Think of it as research,” she said. “That’s what everybody writes about.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“She told the woman to go to one of the online agent sites that list agents who are looking for new clients, and then follow their submission guidelines to the letter. If they ask for a twenty-page writing sample, do not send in twenty-two pages.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“People like to ask me if writing can be taught, and I say yes. I can teach you how to write a better sentence, how to write dialogue, maybe even how to construct a plot. But I can’t teach you how to have something to say. I would not begin to know how to teach another person how to have character, which was what Grace Paley did.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Time applied equaled work completed. I”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Had I given equal weight to everyone who had something to say, every story would have turned into a terrible game of Twister (left”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“You can learn more, and more quickly, from other people’s missteps than from their successes. If”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“if I wanted to be a better writer, I was the only person who could push myself to do it. It was up to me to challenge myself, to be vigilant about finding the places in my own work where I was just getting by. “You have to ask yourself,” he said to me, “if you want to write great literature or great television.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Art stands on the shoulders of craft,”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“had I listened to no one, or only to the people who liked me, the workshop would have been a waste of time.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Making friends with other writers you respect is reason enough to go to graduate school. You”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“No one should go into debt to study creative writing. It”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“Why is it that we understand that playing the cello will require work but we relegate writing to the magic of inspiration?”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
“I decided I was going to make up a novel, and that the novel was going to get me out of the restaurant. The novel was going to be my getaway car.”
Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

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