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Writers direct a stream of emotions

The mystery of creative success lies in the writer’s ability to capture and preserve the quality of a given moment in time. The success of a novel or story depends on its intensity, on its ability to re-create an ambience and a sense of emotional contact that make the reader and writer one. Empathy and identification, these qualities that involve the reader with fictional protagonists, rely on the chimeric web of words the writer spins, a web that will, strand by strand, engage the mind and the heart so that pages will be turned and fictional men and women and vanished times will achieve lives of their own. There is no given technique for the creation of mood and emotional identification. Each story rises from its own whirlpool of feeling and memory; it’s the writer’s job to sort the currents and direct them to the steady stream from which each separate story flows.

–Gloria Goldreich, The Writer, April 1979

Tech note: A recent issue of The Writer’s Magazine republished this quote. When I found the quote I emailed it my Posterous account for later consumption. Now I’m using Typepad’s Quick Post to transfer the quote directly to my blog. I’ll be posting about Posterous and how I use it soon. — vikk’s posterous – Home
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    The success of good creative writing also lies in the writer’s ability to describe what they see in a way that most people miss.