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.