“Writing is about control, but also letting go once those words are out in the world. All a writer can do is to empty the space of the story in order to allow the reader to inhabit it. ‘No city indeed is so real,’ in Virginia Woolf’s words, ‘as this that we make for ourselves and people to our liking.’ But that doesn’t mean that a real city can’t be the start, in a piece of writing, for something much, much better.”

Justin Alvarez on using Google Maps to get through writer’s block.

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