Telling a writer friend about superagent's warm rejection letter the other day, she thinks there are enough positives in it (fun and feisty; simply haven't got room on my list for it; extremely similar to a book I have coming out next year) for me to attach a copy of his rejection to the next submission! i.e. because he took the time to read it, which is usually done by minonette of the minion, gives proof that there is definitely a market emerging for this kind of stuff... am not sure, but will give it some thought.
My new system worked well this morning, with me locked away in the little room and daughter free to carry on editing her movie down here (premiere tomorrow so time is pressing). But what was I saying about rhythm and style yesterday? Buff. Have just come across a load of epic rubbish - and this all the submitted work as well.
There's something very comforting reading about Louise Doughty's miseries of kicking off and her procrastinations into chocolate and caffene.
Lots of 'on writing' pieces around at the moment. Fiction Bitch has a summary of The Guardian's Zadie Smith interview; The Paris Review interviews have just come out in book form, but there are lots of wonderful ones online already, some interviews are there in full, others just a tantalising paragraph, but including their original MS's. Loved this snipped from the Hemingway interview in the paper this morning:
Q: Why did you have to rewrite the last page of A Farewell to Arms 39 times? What was it that stumped you?
Hemingway: Getting the words right.
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