I simply don’t understand authors that know everything before they write it; it seems so cold blooded. I think it’s lovely when the story takes over and goes somewhere else.
– Geraldine McCaughrean
I think that there must be a point of self-immersion in a story that is a point of no return. You get far enough in that the story has really touched you to the core and deeply troubled you and made you unhappy and fearful, and then how do you get out of that? I’m a writer, so my way of getting out of that is to write.
– Helen Garner