Richard Bausch

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  • Profession: Novelist









Richard Bausch is an American novelist and short story writer, and Professor in the Writing Program at Chapman University in Orange, California. Bausch was born in 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia. He previously lived in Virginia and in Memphis, Tennessee. He has written twelve novels, eight short story collections, and one volume of poetry and prose.

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Every really good book was written a little at a time, over time, in tremendous confusion and doubt. Time
I always write stories, and I write poems, too. I just never sell them to anybody, but I write them. They're good, too. They never leave the house. They're too disclosing.
I don't read reviews.
I love teaching. If I made a trillion dollars, I would still teach. It's different every day. You get to meet intelligent people all the time - or at least most of the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In every circumstance, all my life, my mind shows me the possible bad outcome: someone walks down steps, and before I can do anything to head the image off, I see a fall, a catastrophe. Life
Keep everything in context, and try to have each line doing more than one thing - not just giving exposition but also revealing character and history, etc. History
Once, I thought I had a novel, and it turned out it was only a short story. I wrote about 800 pages, but it ended up being a short story. And if it ever happens to me again, I Will Go Insane.
Read the writers whose work is still around and has survived the winds of fashion and the attacks of the ignorant and the bigoted - read everything you can get your hands on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The fact is, for all the critics' talk about me as a realist, I'm making everything up - everything. It is all about imagining with me.
Write a little bit every day, each day. Visit it, every day - in other words, show up for work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force