Writing advice

 

‘Sarah Payne [the writing workshop teacher]  said, If there is a weakness in your story, address it head-on, take it in your teeth and address it, before the reader really knows. This is where you will get your authority, she said, during one of those classes when her face was filled with fatigue from teaching. I feel that people may not understand that my mother could never say the words I love you. I feel that people may not understand: It was all right. ‘

Elizabeth Strout, My Name is Lucy Barton,

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