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You Don’t Write Alone

We learn from other books. When younger writers only want to write and not read, I worry that their books will lack the depth that literature’s history supplies.

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her. True or false, it doesn’t matter: It’s about motivation and desire. No one can motivate a book into existence, if the writer isn’t keen or not really feeling it. It’s the same in all of the arts: Makers execute their work with questions, hopes, illusions, with style and craft, fretting about its value. No one can know that. The maker absolutely can’t. As Marcel Duchamp has said, the public decides its value and meaning later. Aware of this, artists and writers go on. It’s a job you give yourself, and because of that you can’t expect any support.

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they do. Also, my characters’ motives or reasons are ruled as much by, or more by, their unconscious feelings. They don’t necessarily know why they do what they do or what they feel. What I want is for readers to see that, to live with their doubt, their uncertainty, and it’s my job to let the reader into them.

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