Writers and the way they work hold a fascination for

ordinary chaps like me. It’s a mystery to me where

they get their ideas from, apart from constructing the

thing and creating characters and making their characters talk and

so on. But good fiction writers can do it all

right, and set the whole lot in nineteenth-century London or

in Tsarist Russia or what not. What’s truly amazing about

writers is that in their personal lives they are often not

not very interesting people. Many of them have little to

say. Yet they fill their books with so much drama.


Paraphrases from the short story “People Don’t Do Such Things” by Ruth Rendell.