“It all comes out of that first line.”– E.L. Doctorow, 1931-2015


Writing advice and memories from prolific, revered literary American Novelist, E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The March, Billy Bathgate and more!)

From The New York Times (with video interview!)

By Emily B. Hager | Jul. 22, 2015 | 1:59

The acclaimed American novelist and playwright E. L. Doctorow gives some key writing tips. He died Tuesday in Manhattan at the age of 84 due to complications from lung cancer. Great video!

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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8 Responses to “It all comes out of that first line.”– E.L. Doctorow, 1931-2015

  1. robert okaji says:

    Ah, a favorite. I still have my signed copy of Big as Life!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. elizabeth ann johnson-murphree says:

    Thank you for sharing such great information with your followers. eajm

    Liked by 1 person

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