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George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
George Saunders on writing, and the creative process. Brilliant, both as I'd expected, and in ways I hadn't.
georgesaunders  writing  fiction  creativity 
march 2017 by infovore
We're in this crazy situation called life
George Saunders on 'story'; watching this, and hearing him talk, I begin to see more about his writing emerges. It's still a mystery, but it feels like a tiny bit more of a known mystery.
writing  georgesaunders  story  process  kindness 
january 2016 by infovore
BOMB Magazine — The George Saunders Interview, Part 1 by Patrick Dacey
Cracking interview with George Saunders, from 2011 (so pre-Tenth of December). Lots about the craft of writing, and about what Just Turning Up looks like. Also, his imaginary writing class in which Hemingway punches everybody out made me laugh out loud.
writing  shortstories  fiction  craft  georgesaunders 
september 2014 by infovore
Real As Hell: A Conversation With George Saunders | The Awl
"In class I do this drawing of this big mountain, that I call Hemingway Mountain. And talk about how, early in my writing life, I just wanted to be up there near the top. And then I realized: Shit, even if I made it to the top, I'd still be a Hemingway Imitator. So then you trudge back down—and look, there's Kerouac Mountain! Hooray. And then it's rinse, lather, and repeat—until the day comes when you've completely burned yourself out on that, and you see this little dung heap with your name on it, and go: Oh, all right, I'll take that—better to be minor and myself. So that is painful. Especially at first. But it's also spiritual, in a sense—it's honest, you know. It’s a good thing to say: Let's look at the world as it is, as opposed to the way I'd like it to be. Let's see how the world seems to me—as opposed to the way it seems to me, filtered through the voice of Hemingway (or Faulkner, or Toni Morrison, or Bukowski—whoever)." This whole interview is great, but as a creator, I liked thinking about this.
fiction  georgesaunders  writing  authorship  voice 
april 2013 by infovore

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