Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Donna Tartt Talks About Writing

 The gems are in the 2nd half when she talks about writing. On ditching 8 months of work: it was OK,  all part of the process, still there beneath the surface, and she talks about the silent characters in novels who don't say much, and Hemingway's iceberg.

"If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing." Ernest Hemingway in Death In The Afternoon

Having just ditched a chapter I'd been worrying at for far too long, I love this. I got a lot from listening to her. It makes me want to be more serious with myself.

Seven days left. Watch it here if you can (UK only? not sure).

More about Hemingway's Iceberg Method

More about her new novel, The Goldfinch

Extract from The Goldfinch

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