The Making of a Writer | Narrative Magazine

Gail Godwin, author,

Why is it, if anyone asked me, “What are you most interested in?” I would not answer the truth. What is the truth? What interests me most in the world is my reactions to other people and their reactions to me.

And what is it I should answer? Rather, what is it that would be acceptable to answer?

“Oh, the situation in Vietnam . . . other people . . . just life going on around me.”

Lies, all lies.

I think most people are interested in themselves. Then, as you get into the more introspective classes of people, they begin to study reactions.

via The Making of a Writer | Narrative Magazine.

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