This week I posted a new interview with Canadian/American author Alix Ohlin as part of the relaunch of Identity Theory, the literary website I founded 21 years ago.
Ohlin, the author of six books–including most recently the short story collection We Want What We Want–said this about her development as a writer:
“Writing is always going to be hard for me, because my work always falls short of my ambitions for it. I’m as riven by self-doubt as I ever was. But over time, maybe, I’ve grown to accept this as part of the process. I’ve tried to shift my attention to a sense of gratitude and humility towards the work I get to do rather than to focus on its inevitable failures.
“As a result, I’m a bit more easy-going in some ways, a bit more playful and able to assume what feel like risks. I’m more willing to plunge into a draft and see where it takes me. I never want writing to feel dutiful, or mechanical, and my writing process is pretty organic and true to who I am.”
Read the rest of my interview with Alix Ohlin on identitytheory.com.