The Novel

posted May 16, 2010, 10:50 PM by Fran Davis   [ updated Feb 16, 2014, 7:19 PM ]
Working on a novel is like locking yourself up in the Winchester Mystery House while it's still under construction. You try to move from one room to another, but you don't know if any given door will lead somewhere or to a dead end.

Second thought: Hemingway said that writing was simple, just sit down at a typewriter and bleed. But I'm finding it's more like curettage, at least at the draft stage, cutting away scar tissue to discover whatever is fresh below. Ack!