Empathy, Not Experience

“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.” — Nikki Giovanni

I agree with Nikki Giovanni, and also with Anne Rice, who said this: “The idea that we should limit ourselves to our experience in writing is ludicrous and absurd.”

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