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Robert Boswell on remaining in the dark:

September 3, 2009

“[You are complicit] in the creative act. The discoveries you make about your characters are most revealing if making them involves a search that forces you to face something you don’t want to face, something that causes you to want to flee—or at least shut off your laptop and go for a walk. Your job, of course, is to strap yourself in and keep writing. You’ve reached the point in the story where you have the opportunity to create something real. You’re steeping into terrain you only half-know. This is where you need to be. There can be no discovery in a world where everything is known. A crucial part of the writing endeavor is the practice of remaining in the dark.”

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