Paulo Coelho

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Today’s Question by the reader : Mat

Author: Paulo Coelho

When you wrote The Alchemist, did you think about and meticulously refine every metaphor and symbol, or did the words just happen upon the page?

Dear Mat,

I had a vision in my head, but I didn’t know before embarking into this story where it would lead me.

I think it’s impossible to completely control writing – because it is like life. You have an idea of where you want to get, but you never truly know which path will take you there.

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