I listened to an interview with George Saunders on NPR today, and I liked what he said about the completion of a story. “When you finish writing your story, you’re amazed at how much it has evolved from the moment you started it to its ending.” Which made me remember what I had said to my friend the other day: “You, as a writer, create something out of nothing, and it’s so amazing that you can’t quite believe that you did it. But you did!”
Not to offend other artists, who, in addition to their imagination, employ something physical to make their product (paints and brushes for a painter, construction materials for a builder, fabric for a dressmaker), all writers have at their disposal is their language. Words and images.