“I don’t ever read what I write. I don’t read it when I’m writing it. I don’t read it when I’m done. I’ve never read my first two books. I don’t really have any interest” – James Frey.
Huh? What? Really? Did I get it right? Did he emphatically swear he never reads his own stuff?
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Incredible. This is only topped by William Boroughs not remembering how he wrote Naked Lunch. I tend to believe Boroughs though, after an interview in which he could barely remember his own name.
I’m not good at rewriting my work. I spend hours editing chapters, just to change them back the next day. Write 7 words, take away 3. Add 2 more, repeat until crazy. Maybe that’s what James is talking about. It gets tiring reading your own stuff, but we can’t all be that cool and unruffled to just hit submit without a last minute read through. Hell, I can’t even hit submit on this post without rechecking it four times.