Q: What is your favourite part of writing?

A: Dreaming. Definitely dreaming. Before putting down the first sentence, I see certain scenes in my head, hear music—that’s when the genesis happens. Those pictures stay with me throughout the process, I keep seeing them, and the prospect of writing them motivates me when temptation and sleep deprivation come knocking. Getting there across words and pages may sometimes be a chore, but oh boy is the destination worth it.


Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Tower of Mud and Straw I: The Duchy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 25 September 2020.
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