Map or No Map?

7 Nov

italy-velia parmenides

Map or No Map?

The novelist John Irving has said that he doesn’t begin a novel unless he knows its ending – the last word, the last sentence, the last paragraph, the closing scene.  Then, everything in his novel works toward that destination.  With me it’s the opposite.  I don’t even know I’m beginning a novel until it’s already half written and then I’m curious as to where it’s going, so I keep on writing to find out.

 

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