Q: What made you start writing?

A: The people I always admired best were storytellers. Novelists, poets, movie directors, comic strip artists. People who took what was going on in their heads and created worlds that sometimes felt more real than the one I lived in. I was always trying to unpuzzle the secrets of these artists’ techniques, trying to figure out how they could make a scene or character so wild and funny and vivid. And eventually, as I learned more about storytelling, I stopped simply admiring the work of others and started inventing for myself. My thoughts went from “Wow! How did they do that?” to “Wow…I could do that.”


Hannah Costelle’s story “Cactus and Lizard
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 October 2020.
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