Postive Quotes by Ben Dolnick

Green Curved Line

Beginning in   middle school, the era of wide-margined, Bible-paged anthologies, short   stories develop unpromising associations - and these associations often   linger through college, when stories become the things distributed in Xeroxes   missing entire pages of line-endings.

Of course I knew   that writing was terrifically hard work and that there was no secret code, as   in a video game, that would unlock Tolstoy-mode, enabling me to crank out   canon-worthy novellas before lunch.

A novel quite   possibly won't be good and, even more possibly, will have not-good parts, but   at least it won't shape-shift on you; at least you can say that you're   halfway through and know that this maps onto some clear, visualizable chunk   of narrative.

A social worker   named Cosette Rae, along with a therapist named Hilarie Cash, founded   'ReSTART' in what, until then, had been Rae's house.

I know very well   that to admit to loving Bright Eyes is to admit to having an overgrown brain   region devoted to self-pity, sentimentality, regret, and a handful of other   not very appealing emotional states.

One of my more   hectoring voices, throughout my career, has been the one that says I ought to   stop what I'm doing and make an outline.

During the couple   of years it took to write 'At The Bottom of Everything', I decided, on the   sort of hopeful whim that occasionally overtakes me, to sign up for piano   lessons.