Create a character around this sentence: Nobody has ever loved me as much I have loved them.

Do not use this sentence in the fragment of fiction you write.

The sentence comes from Guy Davenport’s aunt, Mary Elizabeth Davenport Morrow, via his essay “On Reading” in The Hunter Gracchus.

Resist the temptation this exercise offers for a completely self-indulgent character. Of course, some self-indulgence will be fun with this character. But don’t write from inside your own wounded sense of the world.

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