‘My story mind seems to work most naturally at novel scale, but the problem with novels is that scale. Writing them is being like Michelangelo.’
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‘Writing fiction belongs more to the sleeping, than the waking world, so I try not to surrender myself to the day until I am finished.’
‘Better to write rubbish than write nothing. If you’ve written some rubbish at least you can read over that rubbish and see what’s wrong with it.’
That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.