A beginning idea for a book might be: a boy emerges from a hole in the ground. He enters a house. The book will take place in the first ten minutes following his arrival.
I don't read books for pleasure, but in desperation.
I have a very basic notion of the structure the book might have - that's mostly it. The rest is luck and happenstance.
I'm confused, and brilliant books help me to be less so.
I believe my friends think I'm funny. All the books are full of humor. Maybe it is a quiet sort of humor that masquerades as not-much-at-all. It is certainly easy to miss.
Clarity is the most important thing to me - in thinking - and so I try in the books to be as clear as possible.
I don't think anything needs to happen in a book.
A book can just be a description of a stick being snapped in half. If the reader is brought to feel the plight of the stick, well, you can imagine what that would be like.
As far as ideas about book design: I have plenty. But I also try and let people do their jobs.
The books turn out to be about things afterwards. I don't go into them with concepts, for the most part.
I like small books. I like durable books. I like plain books. I like small type and thin pages.
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