George Saunders

How irresistible is this title? "What writers really do when they write" was published in The Guardian earlier this month. George Saunders calls writing a "pursuit of specificity" and describes his treatment of a grouchy character:

I turned my attention to Bob and, under the pressure of trying not to suck, my prose moved in the direction of specificity, and in the process my gaze became more loving toward him (ie, more gentle, nuanced, complex), and you, dear reader, witnessing my gaze become more loving, might have found your own gaze becoming slightly more loving, and together (the two of us, assisted by that imaginary grouch) reminded ourselves that it is possible for one’s gaze to become more loving.