When I start writing, I don’t have the entire book laid out in my mind. I never draw up outlines either. On the contrary: I sit down at my desk each morning, curious to see what’s going to happen next. Just like the reader.
“For me, a book is already finished once I’ve come up with the first sentence. Or rather: the first two sentences,” admits internationally bestselling novelist Herman Koch.
“Those first two sentences contain everything I need to know about the book. I sometimes call them the book’s “DNA.” As long as every sentence that comes afterward contains that same DNA, everything is fine.”