When writing a book, I almost always have a quote I stare at. For Bigger than a Bread Box we weren’t allowed to use the quote in the front matter of the book.
“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?” (Springsteen)
For the new book, Seven Stories Up, I’m staring at three quotes now. I think it’s most likely that two of them won’t appear in the book, but that the third will. Still, they’re all informing my process, and the tone of the book.
Which is a little scary…
See for yourself:
“There is a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in.”
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
“Depression is the inability to construct a future.”