Joyce Carol Oates on writing.

American author of more than 100 books – short-story, poetry and essay collections, novels, memoirs, young adult and children’s titles. She believes the most important writing quality is energy.

On being asked about writer’s block, she eloquently answered, “When a writer is trying to push his or her work, which isn’t ready to be written, it’s likely the material is obdurate, and can’t be easily shaped…. Much preliminary work, research, note-taking, sketches of chapters, must be done before the novel is actually begun. Novels begin, not on the page, but in meditation and day-dreaming — in thinking, not writing.”

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