Carol Bly Writer Quotes

“There isn’t a thought or feeling that doesn’t alter or deepen when written. We are a writing animal. That is why all of us feel we have a book inside us. It is not an illusion. We have got a book inside us.” Carol Bly

“No work of literature is the product of only one or two conscious ideas. A story is mysteriously dense of meaning.” Carol Bly

Carol Bl220px-Carol_Bly_(writer)y, born April 16, 1930 in Duluth, Minnesota, was a short story writer, essayist, nonfiction American writer. She married Robert Bly the poet, in 1955.

“Bly’s short stories are known for their realistic characters and situations, which are fully developed within the small number of pages the story allows.[7] Although many of her protagonists are content to live in “ignorant complacency, they learn to use their own strength and intelligence to make a change in her community.

She published five novels, six essays, two books on writing, and co-wrote four works with Cynthia Loveland. I haven’t read anything by Bly, but the titles that stood out for me are:


  • Shelter Half (Holy Cow! Press, 2008) (Fiction)


  • Bad Government and Silly Literature: An Essay
  • Changing the Bully Who Rules the World (1996)
  • Against Workshopping Manuscripts

Bly passed away on December 21, 2007, at the age of 77.



Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog





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