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Writers’ Reel: Anthony Doerr On Using Journals

In this audio clip for Aspen Public Radio’s First Draft, author Anthony Doerr (All The Light We Cannot SeeThe Shell CollectorFour Seasons in Rome) talks about his use of personal journals to further his craft. Doerr also talks about the impetus for his latest novel, All the Light We Cannot See, and how he always takes into account what the reader will think.
“Occasionally you do turn to it for a kind of therapy, but most of the time I would be at peace and I would be looking out and using it as a way to just practice to translate the world into language…A lot of those things I will later cannibalize for my fiction.” Anthony Doer on journals