Happy Birthday, Megan Mayhew Bergman, born 23 December 1979
- Sometimes it helps to lie. You tell yourself a story, even if you don’t know the ending.
- Power is a funny thing. Sometimes you can just take it.
- When you find yourself suffering, I’ve been told, you should activate the body’s natural pharmacy: laughter, orgasms, inversions, bright sun. (via)
- Everyone has a different South. I have many. But Southern nostalgia is like walking barefoot in the tea-coloured creek I grew up near; you have to watch where you step. You have to think hard about what in your past is safe to love. Sometimes you have to find another station, another way in. (via)
- If there’s anything I’m good at, it’s cultivating an obsession. I have a gritty work ethic, and can be very driven, but I also move very instinctually.
- I wanted to explore the price paid for living dangerously…though I did not intend these stories to serve as cautionary tales.
- I’m not a fan of the moral filter in fiction. I don’t want to write about what we should think, feel, or do. I want to write about our ugly, exquisite humanity, our desperate inner selves navigating the world’s obstacles.
- I’ve been very good at throwing away novels lately. I’m after magic, not proficiency, and I don’t want to sell you an adequate book. I know what it’s like to have to stand behind your work. You have to LOVE it.
- My good habits: I don’t really watch television. I read a lot. I teach, which makes me think about what makes good work. I run, which helps me work out plot points and combat nerves about a first book. I parent, which is radically humbling and physical and informs my characterisations. I always have a short story in progress. I try not to read rejection letters twice. (via)
- My bad habits: I read my Good Reads reviews. I don’t protect my writing time. I don’t sleep enough, and then I try to cram a day’s worth of work into an hour or two and can’t find clarity or creativity. (via)
Megan Mayhew Bergman is an American writer. She is the author of the books Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. She is the Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College, and is also the Director of Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Follow her on Twitter @mayhewbergman.
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