Wednesday, November 17, 2010
And the answer, honestly, is this: I am taking more risks. I am pulling harder on language. I am going darker and deeper, and coming up lighter; I am balancing more ambiguity for longer stretches; I am working those broader swaths of gray. I want to achieve a work of art that lasts. I want to be able to read every line in an entire book aloud and not be swept through—at any point—with the sudden desire to change a word, drop a prefix.
Writing is hard. If I thought I'd mastered it already, I'd be done. I don't want to be done. Not yet.