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Margaret Atwood on Writing

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“A story needs a break in a pattern to get it going…If everything is perfect all the time, there isn’t a story.”

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“Likability is a factor when you’re choosing a roommate, but it’s not necessarily a factor when you’re creating a living character.”
“Any form of human creativity is a process of doing it and getting better at it…[Writers] don’t usually peak in their 20s. It’s usually quite a lot later on.”
“When I was starting to write, none of us thought we were going to have careers. We thought we were going to have vocations, which is quite a different thing. So our idea of being a writer was not a six-figure contract.”
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