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“The first book is always the most fun, because when you write your first book you’re just a writer. Then you get published. Then you become an author, and once you’re an author the whole thing changes. You have a track record. You have a public. A certain literary persona. You can become very self-conscious and start to compete with yourself. No fun at all.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 383.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 138 of The Paris Review, 1996.

“It was only when I wrote my first book that the world I wanted to live in opened to me.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin (Vol. 1 1931–1934) (New York: The Swallow Press, 1966), 185.

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“Count yourself lucky…You’re still promising until your first book’s out.”

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source: Lit (New York: Harper, 2009), 68.

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