In Psychology Today, Jonathan Gottschall offers an article that will come as a consolation to all writers: even the great one struggle. In proof, he offers some telling pages from some highly celebrated novels. In order: First, Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust ; Couples, by John Updike ; Crash, by J.G. Ballard ; Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens ; The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard .

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