quote4The story has a shape, and that comes first, and then the story and its shape need substance and nourishment from the haunting past, clear memories or incidents suddenly remembered or invented, erased or enriched. Then the phrases and sentences begin, another day’s work.

And if I am lucky, what comes into shape will, despite all the fragility and all the unease, seem more real and more true…

What is Real is Imagined, by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín Photograph: Kim Haughton
The Guardian

Additional interview, portrait of the artist…when asked what his greatest ambition was, he answered “to write better”…