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Dan O'Brien: ‘Write in terror. Your characters should fear for their lives’

Writers are fond of advising: “Write as if you are dying.” The threat of death is meant to clarify. This approach sounds well and good, but I’m here to tell you that it’s difficult to do; I mean, writing this way isn’t exactly fun. It’s joyful, it’s sorrowful. What did Rilke say? “Every angel is …

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