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Margaret Atwood on Writing

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“Nobody knows where ideas come from, but let us say, if you immerse yourself in something, whether it be music, painting, or writing…you are going to get ideas about it. But you have to do the immersing first. You’re not just sitting there, waiting for lightning to strike.”

More from Margaret Atwood

“I’m more of a downhill skier. I try to go as fast as I can and then I have to backtrack a lot and fill in revisions.”
“A story needs a break in a pattern to get it going…If everything is perfect all the time, there isn’t a story.”
“Likability is a factor when you’re choosing a roommate, but it’s not necessarily a factor when you’re creating a living character.”
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