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Iris Murdoch, The Art of Fiction No. 117
Issue no. 115 (Summer 1990)
Which tends to come first—characters or plot?
I think they all start in much the same way, with two or three people in a relationship with a problem. Then there is a story, ordeals, conflicts, a movement from illusion to reality, all that. I don’t think I have any autobiographical tendencies and can’t think of any novel I’ve written that is a copy of my own life.