Kathryn Mockler: What is your first memory of writing creatively?
Rick Moody: As opposed to writing non-creatively? I remember attempting to start a novel in 6th grade. Didn’t get very far. And there was a poem, in 7th grade, with the same syllabification and rhyme scheme as “Jabberwocky.” (Lewis Carroll had just struck a chord with me.) I’m sure there were earlier examples of “creative writing,” but I’m not always sure I know what that means. In some ways, all early writing is creative. It’s precisely education that teaches us how NOT to write creatively.