Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Joan Didion On Writing As Scultpture

I just got a copy of her Year Of Magical Thinking and have been perusing some online interviews. Just came across this old interview with a fascinating comment:

"Before I started working on a computer," Didion tells Dave Eggers, "writing a piece would be like making something up every day, taking the material and never quite knowing where you were going to go next with the material. With a computer it was less like painting and more like sculpture, where you start with a block of something and then start shaping it."

She's right, of course. Who hasn't been transformed by the wonders of Cut and Paste?



Anonymous Jenn said...

What a beautiful way of thinking. Joan Didion knocks me out.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i really like this. what a great way to think about writing. i often tell people how much i love words, and when they look at me funny i just explain that it's the same as a painter who loves her colors.

5:57 PM  

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