” Revision has its own peculiar pleasures and its own peculiar frustrations. The ground rules are already established, the characters already exist. You don’t have to bring the characters to life, but you do have to make them more convincing. “


” If somebody writes clearly, you can pretty much tell immediately if something is shallow or deep, whereas if they write with all this duckweed on the surface, you can’t tell if the stream is one inch deep or a hundred fathoms. “


” The fact is that at different stages of your life, and under the influence of different inspirations, you write different things. The point is not necessarily to find your voice, which grinds out the same sort of thing again and again, but to find a vehicle for people who are far more important than the author: the characters. “


” The trick to being a novelist is to act like an iceberg. Make it seem as if you’re displaying only one-tenth of what you know, and the other nine-tenths isn’t visible and never mind if that part is pure styrofoam! “


” You have to learn a few things, which you do along the way, but basically, poetry is a matter of the ear. Iambic pentameters or what constitutes a stanza comes naturally – your ears will know. “


” If you were to ask me to pick my favourite author, well, there are so many of them, I’d really just have to say the first names that came to mind, and I’m sure that I’ll later think ‘Oh, I should have mentioned that one. “


” I’m actually a very lazy person. Most of the time, I’m happy to sit around and stare. Or watch bad TV soaps. It’s quite rare for me to get inspired by anything, but it could be something small. A view of the Serpentine. A snatch of music. Or a little shred of conversation overheard on a bus, such as, ‘You also will marry someone of my choice. “


” I don’t think anyone should be banned. If you don’t like a book, set it aside. “



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Revision has its own peculiar pleasures and its own peculiar frustrations. The ground rules are already established, the characters already exist. You don
If somebody writes clearly, you can pretty much tell immediately if something is shallow or deep, whereas if they write with all this duckweed on the surface, you can


The fact is that at different stages of your life, and under the influence of different inspirations, you write different things. The point is not necessarily to find your voice, which grinds out the same sort of thing again and again, but to find a vehicle for people who are far more important than the author: the characters.
The trick to being a novelist is to act like an iceberg. Make it seem as if you
You have to learn a few things, which you do along the way, but basically, poetry is a matter of the ear. Iambic pentameters or what constitutes a stanza comes naturally - your ears will know.
If you were to ask me to pick my favourite author, well, there are so many of them, I
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