What Makes a Good Writer? (originally written by Zadie Smith)

Illustration by Garrincha

Writing as self-betrayal

Back to my simple point, which is that writers are in possession of “selfhood”, and that the development or otherwise of self has some part to play in literary success or failure. This shameful fact needn’t trouble the professor or the critic, but it is naturally of no little significance to writers themselves. Here is the poet Adam