I'm afraid it's bad news.Key quote: "Her strengths lay in her unfettered mental fertility and her lack of system."
It sure does distract from the image of the writer who sits down at the altar, takes a breath, and is filled with the spirit for eight hours: whereupon she shuts the door, walks downstairs, and lives her life....That's the way I always thought it worked -- the notion that the process of writers is as messy, inefficient, and jumbled as mine makes me a bit less envious.
I have never had that illusion of the writer's life. Wordsworth tried to sell me on it, but I found too many examples of the hardworking author to believe him.
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