Writing Quote of the Day – Chekov

My lectures at university are full of great quotes by famous writers, and I always copy them into my note book so furiously that my hand starts to cramp. There’s so much to be learned from them, and the way that these writers word things always sheds light on a new aspect of the craft that I haven’t yet thought about, or fully understood. I thought I might start a little Quote of the Day series, in which I’ll share with you my favourite of the many writing-related quotes I’ve come across, either in a lecture or in my own research. Today in class my lecturer shared this great quote by the Russian writer, Chekov:

I’m not interested in answers, I’m interested in questions.

This quote accompanied a part of the lecture that discussed novels as expansion devices. They don’t have to have the answers to everything, but they should raise questions, and discuss them. In my lecturer’s words, they should expand the universe. Literature is a part of an ever-flowing discourse, and I find it so exhilarating that, as writers, we can have our say.

I hope you enjoyed this,

Yours Sincerely,

Tamara Drazic

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One thought on “Writing Quote of the Day – Chekov

  1. I have found out that reading expands our craving for knowledge, it fuels a never ending hunger that only expands our particular perspectives, making the desire for reading and thus understanding, grow and grow. The more you read the more you realize how little you really know. I believe that´s where the joy of reading comes from; it comes from realizing the insignificance of your knowledge and the hope of gaining a little more of it with each turn of a page.

    Hope you have a great week Tamara!

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