The other night I went out with my fabulous friend CH, and we got to talking about creating - she is a writer and I, as you might know dabble in the textile world. I was complaining about how, when I am working, lose all track of time but when I emerge from the process I am extremely hypercritical about what I've just created, often times to the tune of burn it!
She looked at me and said, "Ah, yes. It might not go away with time, but you will have to learn how to deal with it." I wanted to add a 'young padawan' in there, but she went on: "Have you read Stephen King's On Writing?" After I looked at her, oddly with my head cocked poised to deliver a snide comment, she continued that the - ahem - King of darkness wrote a wonderful book in which he describes his process, accentuating a part about leaving the book for at least 6 months before the first edit.
My eyes must have been bulging out of my head because she finished with, "Yes. It is a long time. But - oh - just read it!"
Has anyone read this? Any thoughts or comments about the book? It is currently in my NYPL queue...