Out-imagine everyone else. [T]he role of the writer today has totally changed—he is now merely one of a huge army of people filling the environment with fictions of every kind. To survive, he must become far more analytic, approaching his subject matter like a scientist or engineer. If he is to produce fiction at all, he must out-imagine everyone else, scream louder, whisper more quietly. For the first time in the history of narrative fiction, it will require more than talent to become a writer. What special skills, proved against those of their fellow members of society, have Muriel Spark or Edna O’Brien, Kingsley Amis or Cyril Connolly? Sliding gradients point the way to their exits. –from “Fictions of Every Kind,” published in a 1971 issue of Books & Bookmen
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