theparisreview:

INTERVIEWER

What do you mean by “too literary”? What do you cut out, certain kinds of words?

GEORGES SIMENON

Adjectives, adverbs, and every word which is there just to make an effect. Every sentence which is there just for the sentence. You know, you have a beautiful sentence—cut it. Every time I find such a thing in one of my novels it is to be cut.

From the Art of Fiction No. 9.

Again

I used to draw all the time, and then I stopped. I drew again, and I stopped again. Again and again. Now I write and I don’t want to stop.

When I write it feels like drawing.

Again.

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bound - Fisk, 2009. Felt pen on paper. 50 x 200cm