Writers at work: E. L. Doctorow

doctorowINTERVIEWER
Do you have any idea how a project is going to end?

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DOCTOROW
Not at that point, no. It’s not a terribly rational way to work. It’s hard to explain. I have found one explanation that seems to satisfy people. I tell them it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

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E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94,
Interviewed by George Plimpton, The Paris Review

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