Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

July 18, 2012

Filed under: Literature — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:24 pm
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“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain” – Elie Wiesel

I have have read Wiesel’s book Night, which is thin, and yet packs a far more powerful punch than many fat works.  For non-fiction, his quote is clearly true:  what you leave out is as significant as what’s left in.  For fiction, however, when everything has to be put in from the author’s imagination, a whole world must be created.  There is no rock to take away from.  There is only dirt, which must be formed into being, like men formed from clay.

 

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