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."