From The Atlantic’s “How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More,”

But that’s what art is for—for both reader and writer to overcome their respective limitations and encounter something true. It seems miraculous, doesn’t it? That somebody can articulate something clearly and beautifully that exists inside you, something shrouded in impenetrable fog. Great art reaches through the fog, towards this secret heart—and it shows it to you, holds it before you. It’s a revelatory, incredibly moving experience when this happens. You feel understood. You feel heard. That’s why we come to art—we feel less alone. We are less alone. You see, through art, that others have felt the way you have—and you feel better.

– Khaled Hosseini

. . .

What makes a good novel, apart from the skill of the writer, is how true it is to the individual subjectivity.

-Jonathan Franzen

. . .

By using fewer words, I am also giving readers the chance to fill the gaps with their own. “Less is more” encourages collaboration, which is what a book should be—a contract between writer and reader.

– Tracy Chevalier

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For the original article, click here.

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