Literary Birthday – 11 April – Dorothy Allison

Happy Birthday, Dorothy Allison, born 11 April 1949.

Dorothy Allison Quotes

  1. Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.
  2. I tell my students you have an absolute right to write about people you know and love. You do. But the kicker is you have a responsibility to make the characters large enough that you will not have sinned against them.
  3. Write to your fear.
  4. As writers, as revolutionaries, tell the truth, your truth in your own way. Do not buy into their system of censorship, imagining that if you drop this character or hide that emotion, you can slide through their blockades. Do not eat your heart out in the hope of pleasing them.
  5. When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels.
  6. Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.
  7. Why write stories? To join the conversation.
  8. Fiction is the great liar that tells the truth about how the world really lives.
  9. I did not imagine anyone reading my rambling, ranting stories. I was writing for myself, trying to shape my life outside my terrors and helplessness, to make it visible and real in a tangible way, in the way other people’s seemed real — the lives I had read about in books.
  10. Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.

Read: Dorothy Allison’s 5 Top Writing Tips

Dorothy Allison is an American writer whose writing includes themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including several Lambda Literary Awards. Her books include the titles Cavedweller and Bastard Out Of Carolina. Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent book-store circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

Source for Image: author’s website

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th April 2013