Why I Have Not Written All My Books

Above all, dear reader, do not believe that the books I have not written are pure nothingness. On the contrary (let it be clear once and for all), they are held in suspension in universal literature. Marcel Bénabou, quoted in Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby and Co.


Explaining to Izzy (she of writing a novel on my couch) tonight, what if I write crap?

What if *you* discover that I am a crap writer?

Even more devastating, what if *I* discover that I am a crap writer?

And I already have such a suspicion...


OK, will make a start tomorrow, it is late and I have to work go to the office...

I sat down and I wrote the words "It is midnight. It is raining." It was not midnight. It was not raining. Beckett. Molloy (Malone Dies? The trilogy is in the next room, two different editions natch, couldn't be fucked checking)


It actually IS midnight, but it is not raining. Yet. This is Singapore, give it a minute.



Posted by: expat@large on Nov 01, 07 | 1:44 am | Profile


967 words. And counting.

Posted by: MercerMachine on Nov 01, 07 | 6:33 pm

See the tiny tiny nanowrimo link at the bottom of my main blog page.

2348 words. And multiplying...!!!

Posted by: expat@large on Nov 01, 07 | 8:46 pm

2297. didn't catch up. dammit. Tomorrow!

Posted by: MercerMachine on Nov 01, 07 | 11:33 pm

As good as enough...

Is it online - heart on sleeve, dirty linen in public, skeleton out of closet, light on top of bushell - as mine is?

Posted by: expat@large on Nov 01, 07 | 11:44 pm

is this part of the everyday posting in november? or something else, sugar?

Posted by: savannah on Nov 02, 07 | 1:36 am

Oh boy....uncloseted bones, sleeved passion, public airing of soiled undergarments, illuminated already....this has blockbuster written all over it.

Posted by: Dick on Nov 02, 07 | 2:14 am

No way am I posting this online. First drafts are like masturbation; fun enough but embarrassingly private.

Posted by: MercerMachine on Nov 02, 07 | 8:28 am

first drafts are simply barfing out information. e@l has interpreted this literally!

congrats on STARTING.

Posted by: dagg on Nov 02, 07 | 12:12 pm

Sav: this is part of NaNoWriMo... An exerpt of what I have already written is here.

Dick: more a soiled underpants buster...

MM: you obviously haven't seen all my Youtube posts! Yes, think I'll sit on the rest for a while rather than post it, as the timing of what I write (once I get started again - guests coming tonight!) will not be correct, but that was Ch1 pretty much as I had planned. Watch out for Draft 2!

Dagg: there was a lot of vomiting in Ch.1 wasn't there! Never really noticed till you said it...

Posted by: expat@large on Nov 02, 07 | 3:05 pm

if I could finish the fucking butterflies then I'd finish my story, so there you go. it's hard work. that's the way it goes.

keep going. sometimes it's fun.

Posted by: dagg on Nov 03, 07 | 1:31 pm


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