100 Things

Author Alexander Chee has 100 observations on writing a novel.

“8. It is like having imaginary friends that are the length of city blocks. The pages you write are like fingerprinting them, done to prove to strangers they exist.

9. Reading a novel successfully is then the miracle of being shown such a fingerprint and being able to guess the face, the way she walks, the times she fell in love incorrectly or to bad result, etc.”

There are 100 such things. (via Jane Friedman)

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