Interviewer: That makes the story work?
Munro: I don't even know if it makes the story better. What it does is make it possible for me to continue to write. That's what I mean by saying I don't think I have this overwhelming thing that comes in and dictates to me. I only seem to get a grasp on what I want to write about with the greatest difficulty. And barely.
Alice Munro, The Art of Fiction No. 137, 1994 interviewed by Jeanne McCulloch and Mona Simpson, in Women At Work Vol. II, Interviews from the Paris Review