Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Communicating Because You Have to Say Something

If you write or speak frequently you know the vital difference between communicating when you have to say something and communicating when you have something to say.

Nick Hornby touches on this theme in his reading diary:

“But there comes a point in the writing process when a novelist—any novelist, even a great one—has to accept that what he is doing is keeping one end of a book away from the other, filling up pages, in the hope that these pages will move, provoke and entertain a reader.”

Source: Nick Hornby, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, London: Viking, 2006, 73.

A review of The Complete Polysyllabic Spree can be found at the site, Reviewing Books and Movies.

Geoff Pound

Image: “filling up pages…”