“What writers really do when they write”

Reading this piece by George Saunders in the Guardian about how writers feel their way toward what they didn’t consciously know they meant to write is like reading a poem or a novel and coming across one of those luminous, heartbreaking lines that tells you something you always knew and only now recognize.  I want to paste the entire thing into my commonplace book, but if I could only put in one line, it might be Einstein’s: “No worthy problem is ever solved in the plane of its original conception.”

 

 

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