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Thoughts from Ann Patchett

I’m a big Ann Patchett fan. Her books are always so good. She is a one-of-a-kind talent who writes nonfiction as well as fiction, a rare accomplishment. And she is also someone who has mindfully decided to refrain from social media and even television, making her success in this market that much more notable (although it’s also worth noting her success came long before social media).

So I’m always happy to discover an article by or about her. I came across this recent interview from denverpost.com where Patchett shares candid advice about her own reading and writing habits. It’s short but there are a few golden nuggets of takeaway in there. Like the fact that she doesn’t have a regular writing routine and it’s ok, her favorite book last year and one she learned about novel writing from was J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy, and that she doesn’t care about how people read or what they read, only that they are reading. Her last line: “I’m all for trash” to illustrate her point made me laugh out loud.

Enjoy this piece, and hope it’s useful as you think about your own writing style and inspiration.

3 Responses to Thoughts from Ann Patchett

  1. Andrea says:

    Wow, thank you! I found myself another hero, and now I’ll have to read her books. Such a relief to find common sense in the world of writing. :-)

  2. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    It’s also interesting to note that the breaking wave (compared to 3 years ago!) seems to be that avoidance of social media is the Next Cool Thing for writers. Kind of dovetails with consensus locally, it seems…

  3. EDWARD says:

    As Jane has noted on more than one occasion, if the quality of writing is not high enough, the longevity of the book cannot be sustained. I am guessing the word “trash” refers to the banal subject of 50 SHADES . . . not to the style in which it was written. The NATIONAL ENQUIRER writes some of the best “trash” around: clear, concise, and about as shallow as the puddle of sweat left from an earthworm. There is an Indian saying that the body lives in the brain. Although the mind needs protein to function, a little hershey’s kiss now and then never hurt anyone.

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