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  • I think about Chilean literature as a family, because I grew up reading the literature of my country. I feel like I have fathers and stepfathers and a lot of brothers and sisters and distant cousins and all that.

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  • To read is to cover one's face. And to write is to show it.

    Writing   Faces   Shows  
    Alejandro Zambra (2013). “Ways of Going Home”, p.33, Granta Books
  • I was a nerdy kid and I was writing and showing other fellows who are still my friends what I was writing. We were sharing that and kept sharing it. The experiences they had were so different than mine.

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  • You're looking for something, I don't know what I'm looking for, but I'm looking. Writing is a lot about that. When you write a poem. When you write a novel.

    Writing   Novel   Knows  
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  • I knew little, but at least I knew that: no one could speak for someone else. That although we might want to tell other people's stories, we always end up telling our own.

    Life   People   Stories  
  • I am still trying to find out things. And I inevitably tell myself the story in different ways every time I think about it.

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  • The ways in which a standardized language test induces storytelling, for example, is the opposite of creative writing; you have to learn a logical way to start a story, whereas in creative writing you may begin at the end or begin at the middle of the story.

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  • We rely too much on the people we share our lives with. We hold them responsible for things they are not even aware of. We start blaming them.

    People   Too Much   Blame  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • Publishing my book is like giving it away. At first you start talking about it, but you are basically letting go. I won't say it's like giving birth because I haven't given birth. It's more like when your children leave home.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • I remember thinking, without pride of self-pity, that I was not rich or poor, that I wasn't good or bad. But that was difficult: to be neither good nor bad. It seemed to me, in the end, the same as being bad.

  • The stories on standardized tests don't have one author, therefore they can never authentically be in the first person. Imagine that! Everywhere, there are these tests that have been written by multiple people.

    People   Firsts   Stories  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • I was going to be a memory when I grew up.

    Memories   Grew   Grew Up  
  • I've been writing most of my life; it's just something I do.

    Writing  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • When you read a novel, you know what to expect because you've been reading novels for a long time.

    Reading   Long   Novel  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • If you write, and you are really alone (writing is a lonely thing), you learn to be alone without suffering. When you read, you also learn to do this. When you write, you deal with things.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Everything has been said and everything has been done, but you still feel like you are looking for something.

    Done   Like You   Said  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • I don't have any doubts that I need writing. I need it personally because this is the way I think.

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  • For me, writing is a way of finding out about things I didn't know before I began writing.

    Writing   Way   Findings  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • You are told that you have to eliminate un-useful sentences, but as a writer you know how important details are.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Literature is about getting in touch. It sounds so hippie, but it really is about sharing stuff. We are a community that doesn't seem to be important for the rest of society, but we are people who want to get in touch - really in touch. We want to be thinking together.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • You can say that literature is about topics like love, death, and all that, but I think there is only one topic that applies to all literature and that is belonging.

    Source: therumpus.net
  • Every story, every poem, every written piece is about belonging. There is a me, there is a we, there is an us, and we want to belong to it or we don't want to belong. You can read every story with this as its main focus.

    Focus   Stories   Pieces  
    Source: therumpus.net
  • As a child, all you see is that adults are not playing. Adults are not talking too much. Adults don't want to relate to each other.

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