A writer is a world trapped in a person.
When you start, it’s very cold, an impossible task. But then maybe the characters start to take on a little bit of life, or the story takes a turn that you don’t expect … With me that happens a lot because I don’t outline, I just have a vague notion. So it’s always felt like less of a made thing and more of a found thing. That’s exciting. That’s a thrill.
Writing a novel belongs to that category of thing—like surviving the Hunger Games and eating an entire large pizza by yourself—that appears to be impossible but actually isn’t.
When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.