E L Doctorow Quotes

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. E L Doctorow

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. E L Doctorow

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. E L Doctorow

History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. E L Doctorow

I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad. E L Doctorow

The writer isn’t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century. E L Doctorow

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state…It’s become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment. E L Doctorow