This post will just scrape in before the 28th. of August is over, and the date is important because it is the 100th. anniversary of Robertson Davies's birth, something I confess I would not have been aware of but for this short piece this morning.
Happily, I still have lots of his books left to read, but those I have read - including Fifth Business with our own book group - have been marvellously rich reads, distinctive of voice, strong in narrative pull, and fascinating in content and ideas. If you've yet to discover his work, do try him soon (his three great trilogies, for example, Salterton, Deptford and Cornish, or The Cunning Man), and as Martin Chilton says in that article, take one on a long journey* and you may find, as he did, that the miles pass very pleasantly.
On the work-in-progress - "I hope it turns out well. But with novels, like cakes, you never know."
On writer's block - "I might enjoy a wee block, just to have time to catch my breath."
On endings - "...if the story is any good, it must have an inevitability."
On clarity - "I am a writer much given to light and shade, and I firmly believe that to know all is to despise all."
On selective details - "there must be a few tricky bits in my books or they wouldn’t be books by me."
*Speaking of journeys, I asked you the other day which books you'd pack as good travelling companions, and you gave such a wealth of suggestions that if we took them all, no journey would have a dull moment. I'll be drawing a name out of the hat tomorrow (Thursday) so if you haven't entered and would like a chance of winning that EIBF book bag, leave a comment on that post now.