A wonderful article about “Finishing What You’ve Begun” by author Hiromi Goto.

National Post | Arts

Hiromi Goto is the author of several books for adults and children, including Chorus of Mushrooms, The Kappa Child, and Half World. Her novel Darkest Light, a companion book to Half World, was recently published by Razorbill Canada. Goto, who lives in British Columbia, will be guest editing The Afterword all this week.

I’m often asked by folks who are not writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” Frequently there is a hint of wistfulness or a tinge of wonderment in their voices.

I see pieces of stories everywhere, just like the preternaturally mature child in The Sixth Sense sees dead people. A snatch of an overheard phone conversation, a news article of an escaped penguin seen swimming toward Tokyo Bay, a micro-moment image of an empty infant car seat on the lawn of a house as I drive past… these are all potential stories.

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