Nancy Scott Hanway

Characters want to get out

Nancy Scott HanwayComment

My favorite quote from the great Elie Wiesel, who died yesterday after a lifetime of breaking down walls as a writer and activist for peace.

Writers write because they cannot allow the characters that inhabit them to suffocate them. These characters want to get out, to breathe fresh air and partake of the wine of friendship; were they to remain locked in, they would forcibly break down the walls. It is they who force the writer to tell their stories.


Elie Wiesel (1987) by Erling Mandelmann , licensed under    CC BY-SA 3.0

Elie Wiesel (1987) by Erling Mandelmann, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0