Thursday, 3 March 2011

ON WRITING NOVELS - BARBARA KINGSOLVER


On writing novels, by Barbara Kingsolver, recent winner of the Orange Prize for The Lacuna, which I am reading (along with about five other books).Well, phew, is all I can say, to this:

"I struggle with confidence, every time. I’m never completely sure I can write another book...A novel is like a cathedral, it knocks you down to size when you enter into it. I falter and fidget and worry it won’t be good enough, and then the day comes when I give myself permission: just write, I tell myself. No one has to see it, you can throw everything away if it’s terrible, we’ll keep it a secret unless or until it becomes wonderful. And then I get to work."

10 comments:

Rachel Fox said...

Her 'Poisonwood Bible' - now that is some catherdral! Brilliant. Have you read it?
x

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Why do I get a lump in my throat when I read that? It's so so right. Thanks, Nu, for posting. vx

niamhboyce said...

Thanks for the link, i loved what she said about editing, will be using it as inspiration.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

I have read Poisonwood, Rachel. I loved it!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

V - it is oddly comforting, isn't it?

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Niamh - her site is brilliant. Full of gems. N x

Jennifer Matthews said...

love that

Carolyn Jess-Cooke said...

Ah I'm cutting and pasting this as my screensaver... Thanks for posting this!

xx

Rachel Fenton said...

I think she's ace. Great boost quote. I think most of what I write is the thing that rhymes most with write. Keeping it to myself is what I do best!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

I love it too. If that's how BK feels, then it's OK for me to feel it too!