I’ve been stumbling around with endless scenes, dialogues, and images for the novel-in-progress; none of them will sit still long enough for me to make the connections. On the days it all gets too much – when there’s no alternative but to leave the writing and pick up a book for inspiration – I take comfort in a quote by Samuel Johnson: “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading; in order to write, one will turn over half a library to make one book.”
I love short stories – to write and to read. I’ve raced through three collections recently: Archangel, by Andrea Barrett (one of her former collections is the wonderful Ship Fever); Thunderstruck, by Elizabeth McCracken, and Music for Wartime, by Rebecca Makkai. Very different themes, and all dazzling in their brilliance.