Alexander Chee at Forest Fire

My interview with the UC Irvine Undergraduate Creative Writing journal is up.

Finally, what advice do you have for aspiring writers?

AC: Know that what you think a story or novel is will determine what you will write–you will write to fit the shape of what you think a narrative is. So to be free as a writer, read as widely as possible, and expand your sense of that, as these books will set you free in a way you would never have thought to be free. And know that your eventual book will help someone else do that, and so on.

When I write, I think of the kid I was who loved to read, and just wanted to be thrilled every time I opened a book. He’s the one I write for. So think about who you were when you first loved reading, think of what that person wanted, and then make something amazing.


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