Sunday, 31 January 2010

The more things change...

FLBI just posted a Louisa May Alcott quote in my blog that I believe serves as a good example of the strikingly similar descriptions of the writing process authors have given throughout time.

Looking at novels in which author characters feature, autobiographies of writers, even accounts of writers' behaviour from those who knew (or know) them, it fascinates me that so much of the process has remained so similar for such a variety of people, and in spite of the quite dramatic technological changes that have taken place over time. Writers are, and it seems always have been, a tad dotty.

What are some of your favourite descriptions of the writing process; the ones that ring true for you? Feel free to comment over here so I can collect them all in one place.