Nancy Updike speaks plainly. In her radio interviews, you can tell she’s really curious; she’s asking what you would ask if you had the presence of mind. She writes with the same honesty you hear in her interviews, and with what might pass for simplicity, if it weren’t so tricky to do.
Now, she unveils some of her secrets on Transom. You will find them so concrete that you will print out her tips and keep them by you next time you need to solve a writing problem, which will probably be any minute now.