Happy Birthday, Lisa See, born 18 February 1955
- Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
- I knew three things about myself when I was growing up. I never wanted to get married, I didn’t want to have children, and I always wanted to live out of a suitcase.
- Nu shu means women’s writing. And it was a secret writing system that was invented by women, used by women and kept a secret by women in one very remote county in China for a thousand years. It’s the only language that was invented and used by women to have been found anywhere in the world.
- The greatest calling of all is to have a literary life.
- Write 1,000 words a day, five days a week, before you do anything else. At the end of a week, you’ll have twenty pages—a chapter. If you do it first thing in the morning, then you won’t get distracted by all the things that tempt you not to write.
- Research is my absolute favourite part of the writing process. I LOVE it! I go everywhere my characters go. I eat everything they eat.
- I usually have an outline, and I write from beginning to end without stopping to edit.
- Writing straight fiction is much easier than writing mysteries or thrillers. You can’t overlook a single detail. It’s a very tight form, and the pacing is extremely important. Today, straight fiction, especially women’s fiction, has very little plot. It’s just a slice of life with an emotional change. I personally prefer novels that have enough plot that I’m anxious to turn the pages.
- We’re told that men are strong and brave, but I think women know how to endure, accept defeat, and bear physical and mental agony much better than men.
- There is no life without death. That is the true meaning of yin and yang.
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Lisa See is an American writer and novelist. Her books include Flower Net, Dragon Bones, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls.
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