Top Quotes from Ellen Klages

By | August 16, 2016

My process is messy and non-linear, full of false starts, fidgets, and errands that I suddenly need to run now; it is a battle to get something – anything – down on paper. I doodle in sketchbooks: bits of ideas, fragments of sentences, character names, single lines of dialogue with no context.

Ellen Klages

I’ve come to realize that artists and scientists are alike. They go through the same processes using different tools. They are both driven to answer the question, ‘What if?’

Ellen Klages

Short stories are my favorite art form. A good one is compact and complete, a telling little slice of life, capturing a moment in time that – for the character – defines her, changes her, is the tipping point for all that will follow.

Ellen Klages

When I write, I try to capture one of those pivotal moments. If I succeed, I have shifted the reader’s view of the world, just a little. The character is not the only one to experience change. That is my job, shifting perceptions, one story at a time. The trouble is, I don’t like writing. But I love having written.

Ellen Klages

My father once told me that I have a mind like a lint trap – I pull stuff out of everything, and a lot of it just clings.

Ellen Klages

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