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Thursday, 31 January 2013

WRITERS ON WRITING #29: Annie Proulx


A lot of the work I do is taking the bare sentence that says what you sort of want to say — which is where a lot of writers stop — and making it into an arching kind of thing that has both strength and beauty.  And that is where the sweat comes in.  That can take a long time and many revisions.  A single sentence, particularly a long, involved one, can carry a story forward.  I put a lot of time into them.  Carefully constructed sentences cast a tint of indefinable substance over a story.

The Art of Fiction #199 [The Paris Review #188, Spring 2009)

 

Click HERE to read the full ANNIE PROULX interview by CHRISTOPHER COX posted in the online archive of The Paris Review.


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