Good writing is editing and failing (better)

Jenny Diski publishes an introduction that she wrote which lead to her being sacked from the guest editorship of an anthology!

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. A few of the stories I reviewed read to me as if they had received the attention that makes a piece of writing something special, and they’re to be celebrated. 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.”

Good stuff! Link via Jenny Davidson.


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