I can’t thank Donaleen enough for her insightful and skilled editorial approach to my book, Attars. As an editor myself, I knew I could trust Donaleen to retain the rhythm and voice of my work. Her substantive suggestions were spot-on and non-intrusive. Further into the project, her thorough copy-editing added an elegant clarity to the final copy. I consider Donaleen Saul to be “the editor’s editor” and I highly recommend her.
Choose a character you’re interested in exploring and write about what you DON’T KNOW about him/her and perhaps will never know.
Make a list of people you haven’t seen for a while. Choose one person and write about him/her for ten minutes.
Write opening lines for five different stories. Try to draw us into the middle of the action.
Write about who or what you have left behind.
Write the biggest, most preposterous lie you can come up with and tell it so convincingly that you believe it.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Well, my book is written—let it go. But if I were only to write over again there wouldn’t be so many things left out. They burn in me; and they keep multiplying; but now they can’t ever be said. And besides, they would require a library—and a pen warmed up in hell.
I have never written a book that was not born out of a question I needed to answer for myself.
If my family didn’t want me to write about them, they should’ve behaved better.