Mark Terry

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Great Quote

March 2, 2010
I'm reading THE GHOST by Robert Harris, the book the recent film The Ghostwriter is based on. (Great book so far, by the way).

"A book unwritten is a delightful universe of infinite possibilities. Set down one word, however, and immediately it becomes earthbound. Set down one sentence and it's halfway to being just like every other bloody book that's ever been written. But the best must never be allowed to drive out the good. In the absence of genius there is always craftsmanship. One can at least try to write something that will arrest the readers' attention, that will encourage them, after reading the first paragraph, to take a look at the second, and then the third."


Blogger Natasha Fondren said...

Yep. It's always depressing to me. And I basically get this resigned feeling, and get to work, paragraph by paragraph, making sure it's okay for the readers.

5:15 PM  

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