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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #15: Margaret Drabble


If it’s all right, it’s all right.  Sometimes whole paragraphs or pages come out absolutely fine, and they come out very fast, which I’m sure is how Dickens used to write, just very, very fast.  They’re fine and you don’t need to look at them.  But then there are other bits, where what you were trying to do hasn’t worked out or that sound clumsy.  And sometimes if you work and work and work at a passage, you realize in the end that there’s something deeply wrong with it, and you’d better just throw it away.

Quoted in The Sound on the Page by BEN YAGODA (2004)



Click HERE to read an interview with MARGARET DRABBLE from the Fall/Winter 1978 issue of The Paris Review.  You can also click HERE to read more about the book The Sound on the Page and its author BEN YAGODA. 


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