Tuesday, 22 March 2011

QUOTABLE QUOTES - Hilary Mantel

I'm finding, writing this current novel, that  although the work generally goes well, in that I enjoy it, I am always on the look-out for reassurance from other novel writers. Step in Hilary Mantel, with a quote that comforts me, as I grope my way through this thing called plot:

"When you stand on the verge of a new narrative, when you have picked your character, you stretch out your hand in the dark and you don't know who or what will take it." Hilary Mantel

If that's how Hilary sees it, then it's good enough for me. Onward!

12 comments:

Bluestocking Mum said...

Yes, I like that too.


Good to make your aquaintance. Will pop by again.

warm wishes
Debbie

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Hi Blue and welcome. I will pop over to your blog for a look.
Nuala

Vanessa Gebbie said...

How lovely - It is very reassuring to know! Thanks N!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Yes, V, isn't it fabulous when clever and successful writers like Hilary seem to fumble about a bit too? N x

Words A Day said...

That sounds quite thrilling!
Thanks, I'm liking the quotable quotes series!

Rachel Fenton said...

Yes, the fumblers get my vote every time!)

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Niamh & Rachel - thanks, yes. I think all writers fumble - some just won't admit it ;)

120 Socks said...

Thanks for the quote, it's a good one alright!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Hi Socks and welcome. I think Hilary M is a brilliant writer - she writes such clever non-fic about writing and everything else.

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Jacinta said...

Ooh can't wait to see who takes your hand and where it leads you!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Well, a hand has lead me to Scotland, Jacinta, I just have to see if my fumbling will pay off :)