‘I Think of Each Draft Like a Ladder With Rungs’ Eloghosa Osunde’s First Draft

When Eloghosa Osunde was working on her debut novel, VAGABONDS!, she learnt that writing it was the easy part: Writing a book changes you. At the idea stage of any work, there are all these plans you have for what you will do with a story—all valid!—but I’ve learned that every piece of work I see to completion has its own intentions for me, too.’

First Draft is our interview column, featuring authors and other prominent figures on books, reading, and writing.

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What books or kinds of books did you read growing up?

Growing up, books were my most reliable way to get Somewhere Else, and Somewhere Else is where I wanted to be a lot of the time, so I read way too many books to count. I preferred reading to watching anything, so I missed out on films and tore through adventurous books about escape, with stubborn protagonists, worlds far away from my life: everything by Jacqueline Wilson, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Louise Rennison, Judy Blume, Ann M. Martin, Mallory Blackman, the Archie Comics, Bible stories, etc.

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