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Aimee Bender

I like birthday cake. It's so symbolic. It's a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just 'Happy birthday!' because it's this emblem of childhood and a happy day.
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As a kid, I often figured it was good to be patient to a fault.
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When language is treated beautifully and interestingly, it can feel good for the body: It's nourishing; it's rejuvenating.
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There's a spectrum of those moments of connection and the moments we fail to connect, going from super-large successes to failures. Success would be love, I guess, and failure could still be love, but the bad side; and loss.
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I really like feeling connected to people and feeling like I have a good, solid sense of empathy.
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I write on a very strict 2-hour-a-day schedule, and I really respond to structure and invented rules. So even if I'm finding out good information on a character, I will stop when I'm set to stop.
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As a kid, I liked making up stories, and I wrote a story about a kangaroo and a bat with Christy Chang, and she went on to become a surgeon.
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I'm obsessed with adolescence. I love to write about people in their 20s. It's such a fraught and exciting and kind of horrible time.
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I like the idea of a place that is dealing with painful, messy, frightening, and very human events that is also so beautiful and ethereal.
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I liked Hans Christian Andersen because the tales were so dark and tragic.
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I love the idea of numerology, but I don't really believe in it. But I like thinking about what numbers convey.
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Writing can be a frightening, distressing business, and whatever kind of structure or buffer is available can help a lot.
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In terms of foods for me, I think I have more of the usual associations - foods from childhood that I associate with care and love, from relatives or special restaurants like the kind elderly man who dusted seasoning salt on French fries at the corner burger joint.
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Generally, I think most of my writing tends to have some kind of magical element to it. That's the way I can access the emotional life of the character.
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I find I can write for two lines, and then I have nothing else to say. For me, the only way to find something comes through the sentence level and sticking with the sentences that give a subtle feeling that there's something more to say.
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I noticed, when I taught elementary school, how true the squeaky wheel thing is, and how endearing squeaky wheels can be! Because when you're being a squeaky wheel, you're also really letting people know who you are.
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One thing I don't want to feel is marketplace pressure, so I'm really glad I enjoy teaching because I can rely on that for a salary. I think it would be such a different game if I had to write a book that has to sell well.
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Some creative writing programs seem evil, but my experience at Irvine was totally the opposite, where I feel like they were really good at focusing in on each writers voice and setting. When I felt like I was obligated to write a story that was more typical, no one really liked it.
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For me as a person, friendships are incredibly important to me, but in writing, they can distract me.
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Granted, I'm someone who loves words. I've always loved poetry - so it's suited to me.
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I have trouble describing my own style, since it's sort of like describing my own eye color or something.
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I love all the arts - so museums, theatre, music, walks near trees or by the ocean, time with people, psychological readings.
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I love food. I'm not a great cook, but I love to cook, and I like how different it is from writing.
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Language is the ticket to plot and character, after all, because both are built out of language.
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Large meadows are lovely for picnics and romping, but they are for the lighter feelings. Meadows do not make me want to write.
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I like birthday cake. Its so symbolic. Its a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just Happy birthday! because its this emblem of childhood and a happy day.
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