I say I have written from the beginning

14th Street subway platform (The Vocation) ©MAIERMOUL
14th Street subway platform (The Vocation) ©MAIERMOUL

When I say I have written from the beginning, I mean that all real writers write from the beginning,

that the vocation, the obsession, is already there, and that the obsession derives from an intensity of feeling which normal life cannot accommodate.

– Edna O’Brien
The Paris Review, The Art of Fiction no 82