The Bronze Medal

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Q: You’ve talked about being a slow writer, getting fixated at the sentence level. How do you know, then, when to scrap a story?

A: I have friends who are capable of writing a very rough draft and then going back and embroidering—they’re sort of the cathedral builders of fiction. I never really know what I’m doing, and all my pleasure’s on the level of the line. It’s a weird way to move forward. It’s kind of like a way to caterpillar your way through these great woods.

— Karen Russell (via nogreatillusion)

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