It always starts with a voice. I wrote that first line whole cloth, the one that goes, “Spending time with my sister Debbie was like buying acid off a guy you met on the bus,” not knowing who the narrator was, who my sister Debbie was, what city it takes place in, what bus, having never taken acid. But I wrote that line and I was like, Okay, who’s talking? I want to know this person, and I just kind of let her keep going. I keep a notebook with arresting imagery that I hope to include in something, whether it’s a poem or fiction. I would consult that sometimes when I felt like I wasn’t sure where it was going, but I just let it unravel organically.
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As for the surreal elements, Etter says they are here to stay. Often they start from visual inspirations. “I get so jealous of visual artists who are slapping something crazy on a canvas,” she said. “If I get stuck, I go to the art museum, and I just start playing with images. With ‘Ripe,’ I was drawn to the pomegranate and the black hole. Once I get through that creative part, you just crack your heart open, and you put it into the book.”
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