“The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the readers heart … The story must strike a nerve—in me. My heart should start pounding when I hear the first line in my head. I start trembling at the risk.”
From As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980, by Susan Sontag. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, p. 359. This quote is from 1973.