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Mary La Chapelle

  • My muse is a sad cow slowly chewing her cud. And her occasional profound sigh reminds me that hurrying my process comes only to a facile, nearsighted, unrealized writing. The best creative equation I know is: good writing = unimpeded time. Time to wonder about something that becomes a story; time to inhabit that story; time to realize the vision in that story, and to render it with clarity and beauty.

    • Mary La Chapelle,
    • in Minnesota State Arts Board newsletter ()
  • The best fiction is not merely a narrative of words and ideas, it is an experience so alive that readers forget they are reading. They join the life of the story and are moved and persuaded and changed as though it is their own life.

    • Mary La Chapelle,
    • conference ()

Mary La Chapelle, U.S. writer

(1955)