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On Making Things Up: Some True Stories About Writing My Novel

“I want you to believe every single word I say, but don’t be fooled—I’m using lies to convince you.”

behind-the-scenes look at being a first-time novelist.


What else am I going to write about but how I know and don’t know the world? I may not make things up in fiction, or tell the truth in nonfiction, but documentary or invented, it’s always been me at the centre of the will to put descriptions out into the world. I lie like all writers but I use my truths as I know them in order to do so. – Jenny Diski, On Gratitude

Write something you’d never show your mother or father


MarlenaWellthat scene works

realWrite something you’d never show your mother and father.