Colm Toíbín: ‘How do you write a novel? You write a novel. Why are you not doing it now? Go home.’
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On today’s episode, Colm Toíbín offers some home truths on how to write.
From the episode:
Colm Toíbín: “The only way to do it is to do it. The only way to work is to work. How do you write a novel? You write a novel. Why are you not doing it now? Go home.”
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Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections, and Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, a look at three nineteenth-century Irish authors. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.