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29 July 2009


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Pamela Johnson

There has been much discussion recently about the idea of mastery in all activities that have a craft element - including writing a novel. To master any craft skill requires 10,000 hours of practice! See Richard Sennett's book The Craftsman, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craftsman-Richard-Sennett/dp/0141022094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249630107&sr=1-1


Of course I meant 'bolts' but blots works too!


Thank you so much for this Pam - it's really helpful. Yesterday, I was putting together some flat pack furniture, as a respite from redrafting, and it occured to me that some of the craft aspects of writing have parallels in woodwork. Problematic transitions are like asking, what do I do when the blots don't line up with the pre-drilled holes?

Candida Clark said that starting to write a novel was like deciding to make a table. You had to decide what kind of table you wanted to make. At the same time, you know it needs four legs and a top to function, but within that there all sorts of variations. The notion that the novel has to be sturdy appeals to me.

Thanks once again.

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