“What do you find most challenging about writing?
Writing presents a panoply of challenges for me. Material doesn’t flow from my fingers. I have to expend a lot of effort. I ask myself too many questions. I don’t really like things to be easy, so I do a lot of pacing and deliberating and doubting. I’m a private person and don’t like revealing myself to strangers. If only I were an exhibitionist, things might be easier.
Revision is tough. Often I can see it but can’t see how to execute it. I dismantle and have trouble piecing the thing back together without visible scars. I’ve gotten better, though. I learned a hell of a lot from Susan Chang, my editor at Tor, when we were working on my novel Copper Magic together.
Lucky for me, I’m friendly with quite a few writers who are not only geniuses but also generous, so when I’m really in a jam, I have somewhere to turn.”
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