“Shall we never return home?”

Back in 1984 one of America’s well-regarded novelists shared

[From The Paris Review, Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction, No. 84, ISSUE 93, FALL 1984.]

…his answer to this question:

[From The Paris Review, Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction, No. 84, ISSUE 93, FALL 1984.]

Indeed “How do you get started on a new book?” I know I have shared that excerpt before, but I do so because I believe it is worth revisiting. It is among the most honest answers I have seen yet to that eternal question.

Shall we never return home?”

Maybe that will be. Or maybe two years or so from now, that won’t be. But as of yesterday morning at least, I had there jump into my mind five simple words that for reasons to become apparent may well be the first line of my next novel…

[Photo by John Diez on Pexels.com.]

…and I hope, as I always do at about this time as the new idea germinates in my thoughts and I dread what is coming in the writing months ahead, that – as I have also written before (including in the previous post) – the eventual finished novel will not disappoint you if you choose to read it.

I hope also that you will join me on here once again as I discuss its gradual development.

And so also ends after a scant three months my planned, uh, “year long” writing hiatus. I could no longer “force” myself NOT to be writing. For as we disturbingly see, day in and day out, this world NEVER leaves us without new material.

[On the River Dart. Dartmouth, Devon. Photo by me, May 27, 2022.]

Have a good weekend, wherever you are in this world.