A Tip from John Irving

“A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally 
that the fiction is as vivid as memories.”   ~ John Irving                        

8 thoughts on “A Tip from John Irving

  1. Ooh – nice quote. Got to attend a reading of his once, and he’s dead sexy. And an excellent reader. His manner of writing is intense, though – he prewrites for years, if memory serves.


    • I went to one of his readings, too, and agree he’s pretty amazing. You’re correct about the pre-writing. He believes if a writer doesn’t know everything before starting that they’re nothing more than a common liar. Ouch.


  2. You know, that’s the best writing advice I’ve ever heard and this is the first time I’ve ever heard it put so succinctly.


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