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Writers’ Reel: The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner Donna Tartt

This week, Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Learn more about the author’s creative process in this BBC Newsnight clip. In one highlight of the video, Tartt describes her practice of writing anywhere—on the bus, in the public library. She compares writing in public to being an artist sketching in a café.
“When I say that I can write on the Madison Avenue bus, I don’t mean that I’m writing pages of finished prose on the Madison Avenue bus, but things will occur to me and I’ll jot them down—and very often they will be the germs of things which will become pages of prose. That’s writing too. “ – Donna Tartt