Surprise Keeps the Writer Going


“I invariably have the illusion that the whole play of a story, its start and middle and finish, occur in my mind simultaneously–that I’m seeing it in one flash. But in the working-out, the writing-out, infinite surprises happen. Thank God, because the surprise, the twist, the phrase that comes at the right moment out of nowhere, is the unexpected dividend, that joyful little push that keeps a writer going.”