60 quotes found by E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
car  Driving  night  # 106173
E. L. Doctorow
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
learn  Start  # 106174
E. L. Doctorow
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Far  night  Driving  # 106175
E. L. Doctorow
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
good  fact  Feeling  # 106176
E. L. Doctorow
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Acceptable  Socially  # 106177
E. L. Doctorow
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
talking  None  planning  # 106178
E. L. Doctorow
I discovered Einstein said the same thing about his celebrated theories of relativity that writers say about their work when he said he didn't have any feelings of personal possession of these ideas. Once they were out there, they came from somewhere else. And that's exactly the feeling when you write. You don't feel possessive about it.
work  Once  Said  # 106179
E. L. Doctorow
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
Felt  Happened  novelist  # 106180
E. L. Doctorow
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
art  politics  society  # 106181
E. L. Doctorow
I like commas. I detest semi-colons - I don't think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn't need them, they were fly-specks on the page.
story  Found  Gave  # 106182
E. L. Doctorow
Somewhere along the line the rhythms and tonalities of music elided in my brain with the sounds that words make and the rhythm that sentences have.
music  words  brain  # 106183
E. L. Doctorow
The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
reason  writer  writers  # 106184
E. L. Doctorow
We're always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy.
Attracted  Raw  Edges  # 106185
E. L. Doctorow
Congress is so beholden to the money that any solution in the general interest will be frustrated and subverted by the corporate interests who feel they will be damaged by progress, fair play and justice.
money  justice  progress  # 106186
E. L. Doctorow
Books are acts of composition: you compose them. You make music: the music is called fiction.
music  books  fiction  # 106187
E. L. Doctorow
A period of time is as much an organising principle for a work of fiction as a sense of place. You can do geography, as Faulkner did, or you can dwell on a particular period. It provides the same framework.
time  work  sense  # 106188