Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Great Regulars: The point is, I suppose, that creative writing

has a privileged mystique, a sense that it emerges from some higher realm than mere fact and analysis. The obvious mistake is to assume that 'creative' encompasses only fiction, poetry, theatre and cinema; there are countless great factual works of literature. Nevertheless, people see creation de novo as the summum bonum of writing (and are also easily-impressed by ill-digested Latin tags).

I have now been repeatedly asked about the initial 'inspiration'--important word--for Bedford Park.

from Bryan Appleyard: The Ecstasy of Bedford Park


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