Writing in the grip of emotion, attempting to assign words to onrushing feeling, remains the central experience for me. In the initial stages, I seldom reflect at great length on the meanings of the action I envision. I strive to create a coherent, imagined world. If that emerges, there will be a wholeness in the novel in which significance is implicit. Generally speaking, I think fiction seeks to reflect the ambiguity and contradictions in experience, not some slogan or message. If there were a shorter way to fully express what the story does, there would be no point in telling it.
-- Scott Turow, Ultimate Punishment --
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