You may be bored by interviews, but I love interviews with writers and artists and scientists.
I am reading The Paris Review Interviews: vol. I. Have you read these interviews?
My favorite interview so far is with Jorge Luis Borges. Mostly I liked it because Borges came across as someone I’d want to talk to. But anyway, one thing he says is this:
I think that Mark Twain was one of the really great writers, but I think he was rather unaware of the fact. But perhaps in order to write a really great book, you must be rather unaware of the fact. You can slave away at it and change every adjective to some other adjective, but perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes.
I like that. Leave the mistakes.
What a relief that is.
How much do you worry about mistakes? What mistakes are you willing to leave?
I’ve got mistakes in my short stories, especially (and thank goodness I have this as an excuse) a story written in one day. Whew. So. Half of story number 17.