Erotica author, aka Elspeth Potter, on Writing from the Inside

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What Happens in the Reader's Mind

"A writer's talking about what he or she is capable of, like a writer's talking about the worth of his or her own work, is a pretty good way for that writer to start sounding like a pompous poseur.

Above all things, the story, the poem, the text is -- and is only -- what its words make happen in the reader's mind. And all readers are not the same.

Any reader has the right to say of any text: "But I didn't think it was that good."

Samuel R. Delany, SF Site interview with Jayme Lynn Blaschke, April 2001

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