Thursday, 3 January 2013

How much rewriting do you do?

Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied.

Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?

Hemingway: Getting the words right.

(From "The Art of Fiction," The Paris Review Interview, 1956)

So - I'm into my third rewrite of Of Night And Light...only thirty six to go. Actually, if I'm honest, it's not so much of a rewrite but a checking through of the previous rewrite before I send it off again.

It's scary how much I like what I've written. That is NOT, by the way, arrogance. Other writers will understand, I'm sure.


by Banksie