With Memories, You Always Have Material

The Times of India:

Ruskin Bond, who was conferred the Padma Bhushan on Saturday, is one of the most popular and prolific English writers in India. His literary world, however, is rooted in another time and age. He talks to Shobita Dhar about the small towns and quirky people who inhabit his books….

It is worth reading the entire one page interview. (If you’ve not heard of him, here’s his Wiki.) I thought this next paragraph had to be shared here. It is an observation any author (or aspiring one) should probably bear in mind:

“For a writer the good thing about getting old is that there is so much more to write about, especially for a writer like me who delves into the past. You have so many memories that you never run out of material. When I was 17 or 18 I was left wondering what to write next after my first novel got published.”

You likely have your own view – especially if you are in your late teens or young 20s. Having left that age in the rearview mirror, his comment resonates with me. In writing fiction, we should in many ways write better as we grow older: after all, we know more as our lives progress.

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I noted in a post a couple of months ago that I felt I could not have written Passports two decades ago. It was just too soon. When it comes to producing fiction, we simply cannot overestimate the benefits of actual life experience.

Uh, and speaking of experience, Happy Monday…. if that is the right expression. 🙂

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Author: “Conventions: The Garden At Paris,” “Passports,” “Frontiers,” and “Distances.” British Airways frequent flier. Lover of the Catskill Mountains...and the 1700s. New novel of 1797-1805, "Tomorrow The Grace," due out in 2019.