Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily. In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book. The theme is defined, the style, the tone. At least in my case, the first paragraph is a kind of sample of what the rest of the book is going to be. That’s why writing a book of short stories is much more difficult than writing a novel. Every time you write a short story, you have to begin all over again.

—Gabriel García Márquez, to The Paris Review

Written by nevalalee

January 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

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  1. I love your “freshman pawing artlessly at a girdle”! No good can come of it, you know! Those things are cinched up for a reason.


    January 19, 2011 at 7:23 am

  2. What’s the old saying? “Write what you know.”


    January 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

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