Writing a novel is an act of self-annihilation as much as self-discovery. You can kill whole appetites and flood whole depths while plumbing them, but if you are serious about it you also get to put something into the world that wasn't quite there before.
Andrew O'Hagan, FRSL (born 1968) is a Scottish novelist and non-fiction author. He is also an Editor at Large of Esquire, London Review of Books and critic at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. O'Hagan is currently a creative writing fellow at King's College London. Wikipedia