Writing a book may seem like an easy task to some, but only when we read one do we realize that true word craftsmanship extends our consciousness and reaches far beyond the tangible word meanings to where we can no longer contain the text and confine the story to the limits of our own imagination. Like a bird when released from the cage, a story first may first seem timid, as if hesitating and making up its mind. Then it soars up in the sky, unleashed and unashamed, singing its own song for the world to admire. It took about 10 years for an American novelist, Mona Simpson, to write My Hollywood. Listen to the following interview with her to learn more about the mystery of a book "writing itself."
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