Norman Lock Quotes


I admitted that I did not understand life. What I meant was that I am bewildered by human hearts and motivations including my own.

I'm too ambitious to give another man credit even if that other man is only myself in disguise.

For me fiction's great gift - to writer and reader alike - is freedom.

The persona in my stories may be truer to my "real" self than any alleged objective factual "I" that I could replicate for the purposes of storytelling.

My fondness for extended monologue might have been encouraged by two decades of writing stage and radio dramas.

A first-person voice helps to ensure the uniformity and cohesiveness of the narrative; it gathers unto itself incidents and characters in its unstoppable progress toward the story's end.

I do seem to favor a deathbed confession as the occasion for my dramatic monologues.

When I was awarded a fellowship in poetry by the National Endowment for the Arts (for "Alphabets") I felt myself suddenly (vaingloriously) equal to my Crow which would be - I knew at once - Rat.

I do believe we are actors in our own dramas which moment by moment we ourselves write; that we are characters in our own fictions or those devised for us by someone or something else.

Eventually I came to believe stupidly that I had exhausted that story's "original" form with its single use. I went on to other stories other forms and genres.

Metaphysics notwithstanding I also insert myself in my fictions for no loftier purpose than to give me pleasure: to see myself performing onstage.

I very much like the idea of the unreliable narrator. Shaping my fictions as monologues - by introducing the "I" - allows me to be as unreliable as I like.

I don't know about ground rules; but I create the world that arrives with the characters or situation or voice in my head that instigates the piece whatever form it may take.

I had hoped to be a poet and for a long time I tried to write poetry. My first published pieces were poems.

Each piece of writing I undertake whether a story novel play or poem begins with an image.