Powerful Quotes By Ben Dolnick

Upon reading the   deeply serious opening of Scott Spencer's 'Endless Love', you will very   likely laugh out loud. The tone is something like what you might find in a   teenager's diary: verbose, feverish, furiously self-important.

In the Children's   Zoo, Enrichment meant presenting the goats with a trash can smeared with   peanut butter or dangling keys at the end of a broomstick in front of the   cow. The goats would knock their heads around the inside of the can and   emerge giddy, peanut butter drunk.

To write fiction   is to think that you're doing it wrong - that your work habits are inhibiting   you; that you've chosen the wrong subject; that you've chosen the right   subject, but that someone else has, unbeknownst to you, already written   exactly the book you're laboring over.

To learn a piece   on the piano - even a simple one - has proved every bit as agonizing as   writing a chapter in a book, every bit as tedious and hopeless and halting.   But this is not to say that the piano hasn't helped my writing. It has, just   not in the ways I expected.

For me,   novel-writing, by its nature, contains months of feeling lost, gloomy,   fatally misguided. The challenge has always been in assuring myself that by   setting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually make my way out of   the desert.

When I first read   'At Freddie's', I was struggling with my own writing, particularly with how   to write about a sad subject - the death of a parent - without writing an   entirely sad book.

Every morning as I   begin my work day, my computer presents me with the usual array of garbage:   email, Twitter, updates on the state of the nation, updates on the state of   the sneakers I just ordered.