"Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to…"

“Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.”

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Nikki Giovanni (via amandaonwriting)

Hm. I have mixed feelings about how empathy functions, or how it can be manipulated, as previously discussed. Part of the solution to the empathetic crisis is disowning empathy and those who feed on it. I do think empathy makes me a better editor, especially for the kinds of things I’m editing now, because half of it is coaxing the truth out of people who have already invested the the narrative they think people want to hear. Also, there is nothing more loathsome than people who talk about how to be a good writer or writing in general, with special loathing for that Roxane Gay thing.

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