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The Short Form

Barry Hannah on writing even without a story

Barry Hannah in a Paris Review interview:

I believe you should have the words handy. Not that they all have to be perfect—there’s a lot of cross-outs—but language-to-hand is the sine qua non. You’ve got to have that before anything. That’s why writing when you don’t have anything to say is still good practice. At least it keeps you in the game. Almost like playing scales, which, by themselves, are meaningless. But you do have to play the scales.