I want my characters to really overuse their coping mechanisms to the point where they break down within 300 pages.
When I was little, my grandma used to get romance novels, and she would get hundreds of these, and she'd read a dozen a month.
The act of writing is a way of tricking yourself into revealing something that you would never consciously put into the world. Sometimes I'm shocked by the deeply personal things I've put into books without realizing it.
I think a lot of people saw 'Fight Club' and thought, 'Right, here's our next Che Guevara, here's our next Fidel Castro, here's someone who's going to wave the flag.' And I was like, 'No, it's just a book. And if I beat that drum, if I play that song one more time, I won't have a career.'