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Garielle Lutz on the Challenges of Writing

Given the imminent publication of her latest collection of fictions, Worsted, Garielle Lutz does the pro forma Q&A thing — but gloriously — over at Fifteen Questions:

What were your main writing challenges in the beginning and how have they changed over time?

My main challenges from the start were “How did I end up in this language?” and “How do I get out of it?” These remain the hazards. I took the injunction “Just find the words” too literally, I guess. I had to buy one thicker dictionary after another to find them, and they kept playing hard to get. I’d flush out a word like “freshet” and then not know where to put it. Sentences I was writing were full of blanks to be filled. The words I put in them were just placeholders for better placeholders yet to come.