All happy writers are the same, but each hardworking writer has a train wreck that is perfectly fitted to the task at hand. After all, as every novelist knows, writing a book is a collision between what one wants and what one gets.
My version of this started the moment I read a line by Robert Graves, who said that there is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.
It seems to me that each time you add a new point of view and tell the story again, you will discover something you didn’t know before. And if this is true for point of view, it should hold true for structure, language, and all the other elements that go into a piece of fiction.
I think the basic belief behind this way of writing a novel is that the entire business is one long discovery, and no one, or no novelist I know, sits down one morning, the complete book in mind, and types it straight off. At least, with the writers I know it is one long slog through the most trying parts of the imagination and memory.
Craig Nova, author of All the Dead Yale Men, on radical rewriting – the inverse of Nabokov’s assertion that a good reader is a rereader.
David Beckham Visits China - Day 3
David Beckham visits Shanghai Shenxin F.C. on June 19, 2013 in Shanghai, China.
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Hump Day Hunk!
Adam Ashley-Cooper Gets ready To Tangle With Lions and Whoever Else Comes His Way!
"I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’, and hook up with them later."