On Writing

January 6th, 2014 by

“It is just pebble by pebble by pebble by pebble. I write one sentence until I am happy with it until I go on to the next one and write that one until I am happy with it. And I look at my paragraph and if I am not happy with that I’ll write the paragraph until I’m happy with it and then I go on this way. And, of course, even writing this very slow way, one does have to go back. One does start off on the wrong foot sometimes and a whole scene has to be chopped and you have to start over again. Generally, you know that pretty quickly though. You realize you have painted yourself into a corner and you think, ‘Okay I am just going to trace my footsteps back to the last solid bit of ground that I know. Look around start again and take a different tack.’”

– Donna Tartt (via @AdviceToWriters)

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