Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bit of inspiration to start the week: Lorrie Moore and Etgar Keret on writing

This weekend's Guardian has interviews with Lorrie Moore and Etgar Keret, two writers whose short stories I adore. A few choice excerpts:

In lieu of discipline, Moore has obsessiveness, which is not the same thing. "I was obsessive with writing, but I wasn't ever disciplined. Because if you're obsessive you don't need discipline. You just do it all the time. Why would you impose a regimen, when this is your love?"
Keret says he has tried writing novels, but found it more difficult and likens it to trying to "explode slowly." Writing stories, on the other hand, is relatively straightforward. "It's much easier than living."
Full interviews here and here.

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