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Janette Turner Hospital

  • There is always a gap between conception and execution. We keep writing in the burning hope of closing that gap before we die.

    • Janette Turner Hospital,
    • in Frederick Busch, ed., Letters to a Fiction Writer ()
  • ... I've found you can go on writing in the dark, and that the act of writing itself, that mysterious, dangerous, intoxicating, absorbing, nourishing magician's trick, that act of creation is its own light.

    • Janette Turner Hospital,
    • in Frederick Busch, ed., Letters to a Fiction Writer ()
  • It often seems to me that the biggest single issue for a writer is how to stay buoyant enough to go on writing. How not to drown.

    • Janette Turner Hospital,
    • in Frederick Busch, ed., Letters to a Fiction Writer ()
  • To students, I have been known to put this more flippantly and more succinctly. When rejection slips or rotten reviews come in, I tell them: have one stiff drink, say five Hail Mary's and ten Fuck-You's, and get back to work.

    • Janette Turner Hospital,
    • in Frederick Busch, ed., Letters to a Fiction Writer ()

Janette Turner Hospital, Australian-born U.S-Canadian writer

(1942)