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No. 218 - I have to write at night, and quietly, when the world is asleep - Alison Rodriguez.

I have to write at night, and quietly, when the world is asleep. I just like to start writing. I like to just sit down and write, because I feel like how I write is really my voice. And I just sort of let it flow. One of the things that I've really enjoyed about writing the novel that I’m working on is that I've been thinking, Oh, I’m going to hang out with my friends, the characters, again. Which kind of freaked me out, because they’re in my head. But they are the characters that I'm creating, and in that way they've become real. And as I've been writing, I thought that there was something really fun happening. And I realized that I have their entire future at my fingertips ––– as in what happens to them. Do they get killed? Do they fall in love? Do they, I don’t know, get run over by a train? What happens to them? And I found that to be a very cool process. I’ve really enjoy going back into that world. But I do feel like it’s a world that I need to very purposefully go into. Because if I don’t, I just won’t ever go. You know how some people are just like, “Oh, the muses.” Or, “I was just inspired.” If there's one part of writing that is universal, I think it's that you can’t wait for inspiration. You can be inspired, and you can write cool things, but if you wait for that inspiration, you’ll never write. And so you just always have to be doing it.


Alison Rodriguez

from Issue No. 1 - Summer 2017

Photography by Emily Fishman


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