Literary Birthday – 27 June – Anita Diamant

Happy Birthday, Anita Diamant, born 27 June 1951.

Quotes on Writing

  1. I tend to write in the morning, when I am fresh. I walk the dog, drink coffee, and then sit down at the computer in my office at home. Or I go to the library, just to have fewer distractions. I work through the morning but the closer I get to being done with a book, the longer my day gets. When I am feeling like I’m near the end, I can spend many hours a day working. Earlier on in the process, I tend to work most effectively for four hours or so in the morning.
  2. I have confidence in my nonfiction — I’ve written six books. I know what that kind of book is shaped like. With novels, you don’t know where they’re going to go. All writing is a process of learning. I learned you have to cut and cut and cut. Big sections were in Good Harbor that died a healthy death, a good death, but it took me a long time to let go.
  3. I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And I tell them to get support from other writers. (Not just criticism, but loving support.) And only to write what you love.

Anita Diamant is an American author of fiction and non-fiction books. She is best known for her novel, The Red Tent. Follow her on Twitter: @AnitaDiamant

Source for Image – Author’s media room/ Photo by Sharona Jacobs

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th June 2013