If you’re interested in the creative process at all, you’ve probably come across a blog called The Creative Identity, run by Stephanella Walsh. It comprises great essays on the issues involved in writing. Stephanella also conducts interviews. This morning, there’s one featuring me.
Almost a year ago exactly, in my second Creative Times, I linked to a fabulous, if slightly perturbing, post by writer Ian Hocking. In it, he talked about giving up writing.
Q: What is the writing tendency you most deplore in yourself?
A: I haven’t learned to fully switch off the Evil Editor on the shoulder. This is probably because I spent so long switching him on.
M’comrade Ben Johncock — author of, among other things, The Importance of Being Benjamin — asked me a Bookish Half Dozen questions a little while ago, and he’s now published the result.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t like Life of Pi.
Part two of my interview Aliya Whiteley is now up on her website. More mots bon from me.
A: When do you feel satisfied that you’ve done enough research?
I: I don’t think I’ve ever felt satisfied with research. There’s always something that you’ve handled wrong. With specific regard to a novel, where you’re dealing with the representation of lived experience, there’s no way everything is going to ring true. A phrase might be wrong; or a train line that you thought was there in 1904 wasn’t built until 1910, or some such. I’d go as far as to say that if I ever had that feeling of satisfaction, I’d be losing my grip on reality.