Writing journalism is a speedy way of concentrating the mind. It’s a means of telling the story as economically as possible, of finding the right voice, and working out what you really think.
I used to write book reviews until I found it increasingly hard to look at other people’s work with any kind of critical distance. Now I know what it’s like to write a novel it’s much harder to form judgments. But I like meeting other writers and talking to them about their work, their routines, and their anxieties. Very few writers are as effortless as they seem. In fact it often takes a great effort to appear effortless.
So here are a few interviews thoughts and observations about writers and writing:
Random literary thoughts and articles: