In this post, you will find great Ethan Canin Quotes. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
The historical background is one of the easier aspects of writing a novel. Far more difficult is dreaming up the smaller, character-based scenes, scenes that rise entirely from one’s own imagination.
In medical school, you‘re taught to write in this convoluted, Latinate way. I knew the vocabulary as well as anyone, but I would write kidney instead of nephric. I insisted on using English.
I don’t think there is such a thing as pure imagination. I think it’s a combination of memory and invention.
Although I think I’m relatively happy as a person, I think there’s something unhappy at the root of all my writing. I’d say optimistic but unhappy. Nothing that’s particularly original, other than that we’re going to live and die, and terrible things happen.
Politicians are already exaggerated. They’re bigger than life in every way – their appetites, their ambitions, their personalities, their failings, their magnetism. In a sense, they’re made for fiction.
Mathematicians don’t like it when they’re associated with mental illness and sort of bristle when you say that they can’t get along socially, that they’re not good with people.
Writers of literature make very little money.
If you’re concentrating so damn hard on a piece of mathematics or a musical – a piece of music or a piece of art, the restraint that holds the rest of – the rest of the world back off and vanishes in the rest of your life.
To me, point of view is everything.
I can only remember two books from college that moved me: E.M. Forster’s ‘Howards End’ and F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s ‘The Great Gatsby.’
As I write, I try to be the character.
I like writing about the evil lurking in apparently good people.
I’m fascinated by power, by those that can be publicly generous and privately ruthless.
What’s more interesting than the arc of lives?
I’ve discovered over the years that being subject to both the adoration and the vilification actually makes me more disciplined. It makes me understand that it’s the idea of writing a great book that propels me now, whereas it used to be the idea of success.
Medicine is a supremely useful profession. Fiction writing is not.