Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Talented Author Ripley

Just discovered this on the flap of a book I'm entering into archives, by Clements Ripley from 1942:

"As to my writing methods," says Mr. Ripley, "I sit down and look at a piece of paper and wonder who ever told me I was a writer. I never start a story without feeling that everything I wrote before was pure fluke. I write and revise and tear up and rewrite..."

Just my thoughts,

Sean

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

"I never start a story without feeling that everything I wrote before was pure fluke."

That's it, exactly! Doesn't matter whether everyone thinks the last thing I turned it was fabulous. Any time I start a new gig, I'm convinced I can't repeat the hat trick...