OK, here's a post-script to what I was talking about yesterday: the "hate phase" of writing. Karen Russell, author of the Pultizer-nominated novel Swamplandia! has a wonderful take on this phase (and a little less negative than mine), as seen in her interview by BookBrowse. In this interview, Karen is asked how it was to write her first novel. She answers:
"It's such hard work and it also feels ridiculous to me sometimes, all
the effort that it takes - like, why can't you get some imaginary
people to do something interesting? You invented these fools, why
can't you make them behave?"
I just think that's wonderful. That's all. Also, I need to learn more about alligators.