Alec Nevala-Lee

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“So now he is ready to write it…”

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Vladimir Nabokov

When the writer settles down to his reconstructive work, creative experience tells him what to avoid at certain moments of blindness which overcome now and then even the greatest, when the warty fat goblins of convention or the slick imps called “gap-fillers” attempt to crawl up the legs of his desk…

So now he is ready to write it. He is fully equipped. His fountain pen is comfortably full, the house is quiet, the tobacco and the matches are together, the night is young…and we shall leave him in this pleasurable situation and gently steal out, and close the door, and firmly push out of the house, as we go, the monster of grim commonsense that is lumbering up the steps to whine that the book is not for the general public, that the book will never never—And right then, just before it blurts out the word s, e, double-l, false commonsense must be shot dead.

Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature

Written by nevalalee

December 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

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  1. Slick imps, they are!


    December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  2. It’s the “gap-fillers” that always get me…


    December 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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