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“If you’re an introvert who likes to be alone and loves language and is consumed with questions about how people operate, and if you love to observe interactions between people and what they don’t say as much as what they do say, what could be better than to take all of those components and write?”
“I know a lot of writers say that the characters take on a life of their own, or that they are just running along beside their characters, taking notes or dictation. But I don’t actually believe in that as a construction of the writing process, although I have no doubt that it feels that way a lot of the time. Sometimes, if I’m writing very, very fast and not spending lots of time staring off into space wondering, ‘Now what, now what?,’ there is a sense of channeling, I suppose. But I believe firmly that even if it is unconscious, we are entirely the agents of what we write.”
The Writer February 2008