Happy Birthday, Ann Brashares, born 30 July 1967
- When I turned fifteen, I remember my father gave me a credit card which I was allowed to use for two things: emergencies and books.
- I have spent so many hours with my characters, imagining them and writing about them. And then a reader spends time in that imagined space, and in a way it is as though we’ve spent time together. It creates a certain feeling of intimacy—with someone I’ve met only 30 seconds before. Readers sometimes tell me things that are quite personal, which I see as a natural outcome of this odd little relationship we suddenly have. I find it very interesting—and illuminating.
- Gestating characters feels something like the mental equivalent of gestating a baby. In both cases, to create them you lose yourself. Or at least you reshape yourself to encompass them.
- To write a story, I think you really have to open yourself up to the world.
- I tend to put off starting for as long as possible. I’m an adrenaline-motivated person. I think and imagine and plan and have it all rattling around in my head for a while before I actually sit down to write. Sitting down is very hard. I write at night, but I try to work for a few hours during the day. My most profitable writing time is between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
- I typically do start with an outline.
- There are going to be moments of deep, deep doubts, and you have to have faith that your initial idea was good and just muddle through. I think it’s particularly hard when you start to think it’s not worth finishing.
- Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.
- The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
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