Writing those first pages, it’s hard to have faith that anyone will suspend disbelief—that the world can be made real enough for even the writer to believe in it.

Andromeda Romano-Lax

Every “realistic” short story I write is a betrayal. Perversely, the short stories which seem to engage most readers are indeed these more — forgive me — realistic ones.

Andrew Tonkovich

The poet discussion the exhilaration of exploration, the tension of creation, and one’s readiness to engage with content that is within.

Sheila Squillante

The writer thinks about intention, chronological order and connection to a story.

Kim Hooper

Writing the poem changes me, and I welcome that. I don’t see that as a betrayal of myself or the work, but more of an evolution.

Kelli Stevens Kane

I see the stories as something I sorted out, something I worked through. A problem I solved.

Deesha Philyaw [the National Book Award Finalist on movement, relinquishing fear, and the rigorous puzzles of storytelling]

“I’ve learned not to share a piece of writing if my main reason for sharing is that I want validation from someone else.”

Judi Ketteler: The 5-Question [Author] Interview

When/where you find yourself scared and paralyzed, either of something you are writing, of revealing yourself through the work, or for any other reason, how do you start moving again? And by moving I mean forward, not backwards, as in retreating?

Rachel Stuhler

“I’m amazed by how often I’ve struggled with piece of writing only to return to it months, or even years, later to find that it all comes together with little thought.”

Sam Apple