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‘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.’
‘”Murder your darlings” doesn’t come from a Calvinist idea that anything that gives pleasure must be sinful; it’s about forcing yourself to act on the little voice that goes on saying that a piece of writing isn’t working.’
‘I wish that I could say I took it on the chin, but I was rather protective and sensitive about my work in those days. ‘