Posted on October 30, 2018
I suspect that any vital creative process somehow involves arranging things so that intuition is given pride of place. The individual writer’s “craft” might be understood, then, as the process of conspiring to work oneself into the necessary state of mystification, such that one is deferring to the innate energy of the story, rather than overriding it.
Posted on May 29, 2018
Pay no attention to the facsimiles of the writer that appear on talkshows, in newspaper interviews, and the like — they out not to have anything to do with what goes on between you, the reader, and the page you are reading, where an invisible hand has previously left some marks for you to decipher, much as one of John le Carré’s dead spies has left a water-logged shoe with a small packet in it for George Smiley.