Some time ago I began to read articles published in The Paris Review that were posted on Facebook – when I have the money I will subscribe as I have found plenty I wish to read carefully and with some joy. They have been running a series called The Art of Fiction. Today I am racing through No. 18, an interview by George Plimpton (one of the journal’s founders) of Ernest Hemingway. It seems that the working style of successful writers has no common factors other than they write every day.
Here is a quote which caught my attention:
“that though there is one part of writing that is solid and you do it no harm by talking about it, the other is fragile, and if you talk about it, the structure cracks and you have nothing.”
This caught my eye. If I spend any time talking about writing technique, that is time I do not spend writing. I have little enough space in my hectic life as it is and cannot afford to squander what I can manage.
Here is the link: