I read a piece of advice today in the archives of One Story that made me feel it had been written for me. Where I am now. On this island. In this cottage. In the dark. Wind or rain. Or wind and rain. Driving rain. Gusting wind. Not much light from the moon, though the moon is there. Isolated and in my head for an extended period. The ferries passing keep the time.

Emma Donoghue, interviewed by One Story to accompany her story “The Widow’s Cruse,” was asked, as every One Story writer is asked, what is the best bit of advice about writing you’ve ever gotten. She attributed her response to Hilary Mantel: “Drop the charm. Eat meat. Drink blood.”

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