Kate Grenville (b. October 14): “Fiction is a lot more than entertainment” & other quotes on writing

14 Oct


Kate Grenville, born 14 October 1950, is an Australian author who’s published nine novels, a collection of short stories and four books on writing. She’s won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Orange Prize. Two of her novels have been made into feature films.

Six quotes on writing:

  1. I’m a great believer in the experiential theory of writing.
  2. A novel is a way of living in another person’s reality for a time.
  3. History is a lot more than facts and fiction is a lot more than entertainment. 
  4. You can’t necessarily change the way language is used, but if it becomes something you’re conscious of … that gives you a certain power over it.
  5. For me, fiction’s job is to take you (both reader and writer) out of your comfort zone into the deep space of the new.  There’s a natural resistance to that. 
  6. Two pieces of advice: One, write out of an urge to write, not a desire to be a writer. That is, write about things that are important to you rather than things you think will find a market. Two, find some kind of paid work that will free you from the need to make a living from your writing, while giving you some time to write. 

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