(…) Problems with structure, sentences that need to be worked on, far too many easy clichés not rejected – all of this normal for a first draft, even a second. For me writing is the editing. It’s where the you make the story your own. Draft, redraft, let the thing sit, and then consider it again, read closely, carefully, cut away everything that you haven’t properly thought through, and some things that you have. (…) Good writing is hard to come by. It’s what I understand Beckett to have meant when he wrote, towards the end of his life, what any writer must take as essential instruction: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
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