Busy with a job search, a simultaneous search for new “revenue streams” and diving back into the book on Moroccan music (time to wrap up the second) draft, I haven’t had much time to write original posts but I will continue to post items from other blogs and websites that I find of interest. Here is an interesting piece by Will Gompertz of the BBC on the lack of representation in the arts.
Will Gompertz | 08:45 UK time, Tuesday, 18 May 2010
“Women don’t count,” I was told firmly by a high-profile novelist recently. “Blimey, don’t they?” I replied, genuinely taken aback.
“No, it’s a very male thing” she said “I stop writing when I’ve had enough, then I pour myself a drink. Why would I want to count how many words I have written?”
The insight into this particular writer’s approach to her craft was being offered to me in response to a question I had posed based on the notion that John Updike wrote 3,000 words a day without fail.
I have no idea if it was true, but it was a good enough peg for me to ask the author for a daily word count.
I was puzzled by her response. How could anybody possibly sit down at a computer, spend the whole day bashing out words and then not want to count them up at the end?
It would be like being on a diet, abstaining with great discipline all week and then not wanting to step on the bathroom scales – it’s a fundamental part of the process. Isn’t it?
Apparently not for women. And the author in question should know, it was Kate Mosse, co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction.
To be fair she was making a flippant remark not stating a fact on behalf of all female writers, but the broader point she was making, was that women think differently. This led a conversation onto female representation in the arts. (To read more click here…)