Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Breathe, and the air will come
A fair number of authors talk about a particular story coming into their minds, wholly formed and ready to be typed out. That doesn't happen to me very often. I'm more of a patchwork writer, finding interesting little bits and pieces, cutting them to size and sewing them into the narrative as I go along. Snippets of story will sit on my hard drive for a long time, and I'll add to them or cut them or fiddle around with them, or just ignore them for long stretches. Eventually, if they're any good, they'll go into something. Even bad writing is never wasted, if you believe Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule of mastery; failures just help you knock the dross and sludge out of your prose. At least, that's my plan.