thought for the week


“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words all being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. You might, if you chose, develop any part of the picture, for the idea of sequence does not really exist as far as the author is concerned. Sequence arises only because words have to be written one after the other on consecutive pages, just as the reader’s mind must have time to go through the book, at least the first time he reads it. If the mind were constructed on optional lines and if a book could be read in the same way as a painting is taken in by the eye, that is, without the bother of working from left to right, and without the absurdity of beginnings and ends, this would be the ideal way of appreciating a novel, for thus the author saw it at the moment of conception.”
                                                              ~ Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1997)


11 thoughts on “thought for the week

  1. I love this! And, I totally love the picture! I want to look that good when I write – not like I actually do, in jeans, sprawled on the couch with my laptop – surrounded by cats, dogs & all their hair!


  2. Okay, Mr. Nabokov lost me in that last sentence with its four or five embedded clauses or whatever they are, but wow, that first sentence. (okay I did some clause-embedding there myself) I want whatever paper he is using.


  3. I wish I had the ability to envision the story shaping on it’s own as I write, but I’m afraid I’m stuck in a ‘too structured’ mind. Without the beginning, middle, and end for guidance, I’m lost. I guess that makes me both jailer and prisoner. Now if I could only find the key that fits the cell door!


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