‘You have to want the story’: A.R. Williams on writing (pt. 2)

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In part one of my interview with A.R. Williams here at Call of the Siren, she discussed the background of her splendid dystopian novel “The Camellia Resistance.”

But something else happened in the process. She provided two interviews: one about her novel and one about the craft of writing. As all of you consider your own projects, you may find Williams’ perspectives in(con)structive, too. What is her best insight on the craft of writing? For me, it’s this line:

You have to want the story itself, not the outcomes.

That’s a point that’s so easy, in the frenetic publishing marketplace, to forget.

There’s no better inspiration than the perspectives of a writer newly-emerged from a successful project. (Case in point: The letters of Walker Percy and Shelby Foote.)  That’s what you’ll find in the Q & A below, and I hope it helps you, my friends!

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‘You have to want the story’: A.R. Williams on writing (pt. 2)

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