A Writer’s Notes #57

Two looks at one of writers’ many dilemmas. Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation, starts the discussion with this: “I think every fiction writer I know would say you don’t want to start out writing something if you think you can do it…If you know you can write it, it’s not worth writing …” But Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, takes a slightly different point of view: “I always have these ideas and think, ‘That would be really good; if I was a better writer, I could pull it off.’ And then I try to become a better writer to do it justice.” The bottom line: the process challenges more than just your writing skills.

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