Lynn Freed, on the writing of fiction: “If it is done right, someone will be hurt.”

The role of ruthlessness itself—the sort of pathological ruthlessness that even the mildest of writers can reveal when having to choose between truth and decency—this, I would say, is primary. It involves not only the obvious indecencies, the revelation of bathroom habits and petty adulteries, but, more than this, the revelation, through the story, through [...]