Ann Patchett On Writing

96A3C5F2-6A01-4CC8-B688-9AA76D3B509FAnn Patchett (December 2, 1963 -)

You don’t step out of the stream of your life to do your work. Work was the life, and who you were as a mother, teacher, friend, citizen, activist, and artist was all the same person. People like to ask me if writing can be taught, and I say yes. I can teach you how to write a better sentence, how to write dialogue, maybe even how to construct a plot. But I can’t teach you how to have something to say.