“I like taking risks.” —Joy Castro, author of One Brilliant Flame
The author of The Boundaries of Their Dwelling considers how best to get into characters’ heads.
The author of The Boundaries of Their Dwelling explores fiction’s holy commandments—and when a writer has license to defy them.
“Fixed ideas are always problematic when it comes to writing fiction.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Signal Fires
“A terrible draft of a story is a gift, because now the real work can begin.” —Jonathan Escoffery, author of If I Survive You
“I was struck by the freedom of third person, how I could roam and jump and skip around, and cozy up to characters and then back away.” —Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Lapvona
“I wanted to write female friendship in a way that felt honest to me.” —Christine Kandic Torres, author of The Girls in Queens
“When you’re in that in-between stage, between starting something and gathering speed, a piece of chipped nail polish is the most riveting thing in the world.” —Sloane Crosley, author of Cult Classic
“I have to lock up my phone every day—in a box designed for locking up cookies—during the hours I’m writing. Text messages ruin me.” —Lydia Conklin, author of Rainbow Rainbow
“Adjust one small plot point in the second half of the book, and you realize you’ve got to go back to the beginning and account for that change.” —Soon Wiley, author of When We Fell Apart