SPOTLIGHT ON…Jodi Picoult, part 2

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Today, I share thirteen of my favourite Jodi Picoult quotes (was only meant to be ten, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave any of these out!).

Read a ton. Take a workshop course so you learn to give and get criticism.

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.

I think I have sort of gravitated toward issues that I don’t know the answers to, because that’s what’s more interesting for me to write.

Writing is total grunt work. A lot of people think it’s all about sitting and waiting for the muse. I don’t buy that. It’s a job. There are days when I really want to write, days when I don’t. Every day I sit down and write.

I don’t have to live the lives of my characters to write about them. It’s about really putting yourself in their shoes.

Writer’s block is for people who have the luxury of time.

Every year I tell myself that I’m not going to read any reviews and then I do. We’re all human and when I read something negative it hurts. I think when you write it’s part of the game, you’re going to get some good reviews and some bad reviews and that’s how it goes. I don’t write for the reviews.

For me it’s more important that I outline all the facets of a controversial issue and let the reader make up his or her mind. I don’t care if readers change their minds, but I would like readers to ask themselves why their opinion is what it is.

I feel I’m able to get rid of any demons lurking in my psyche through my writing, which leaves me free to create all of this and to enjoy our family life, stepping away from all the fictional traumas and the dramas. If I write about family in crisis, then I won’t have to live through it, I guess.

I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it’s writing time, I write.

I’m always writing, even when I’m not at my desk. I write on my hands. I used to write on my kids’ hands, too, but they don’t let me any more. When I’m driving I sometimes write all the way up my arms.

If you read a book that’s fiction and you get caught in the characters and the plot, and swept away, really, by the fiction of it – by the non-reality – you sometimes wind up changing your reality as well. Often, when the last page is turned, it will haunt you.

It’s a fallacy that writers have to shut themselves up in their ivory towers to write. I have all these interruptions, three of which I gave birth to. If I was thrown for a loop every time I was distracted I could never get anything done.


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