Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Where (Timothy Findley)

Place affects any writer writing anywhere because you see the world from where you are. If it happens to be the country of your birth – which is to say, the country from which your whole root system is rising – then, of course, place has a doubly important role to play in how you see as a writer. Canada, and more specifically, southern Ontario, provides me with my vantage point. This is where I gain my view not only of other Canadians, but of other cultures, other terrain. I also see the past from here. And the future – if I’m looking. Place affects a writer’s voice because place is where a writer breathes.

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