Thursday, April 19, 2007

Jane Gardam

Every novelist knows the urge to burst out with what they're up to and learns that only a fool does so. This isn't because ideas get stolen (though they do( but because the idea for a novel,when dropped into conversation sounds so banal...'A novel about a pop group? Really? A novel about a group of ageing men? In Wales? A novel about biting into a little cake? Three volumes of it? Taking about a year to read?'

from
The Agony and the Ego: The Art and Strategy of Fiction Writing Explored, edited by Clare Boylan, Penguin, 1993

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