Saturday, December 16, 2006


"(Writing novels is) like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

E. L. Doctorow


Duane Swierczynski said...

So goddamn true.

My other favorite analogy is one Stephen King used: Writing is like digging around a tiny piece of metal you find sticking up out of the backyard. After months of hard labor, you might dig up an old stove. Or you might dig up a battleship. That's the fun of writing--you just don't know until you start digging.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Unfortunately, it is sometimes just that tiny piece of metal after all and it cuts your foot, gives your gangrene and you lose your leg.
Sorry-its another cloudy day in Detroit and the incinerator is blowing our way.

Sandra Scoppettone said...
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Sandra Scoppettone said...

I don't know what happened but a whole other comment came up so I had to delete. Very strange.

Duane...I like the King quote very much. This and Doctorow's really are addressing the outline or don't outline question.

Patti...go to a movie, eat some chocolate do something. However I'd rather lose my leg than have to write and outline.