Day 211 of #ayearofwriting and I have decided from now on that I have enough stories to submit one story a week to a publisher. That is to say, I am not writing a story a week, I have written around 14 stories this year and they are in danger of just sitting there. That’s 14 weeks of submissions and in that time I will have written another two short stories or maybe three – I seem to be going shorter in my word count – each story builds on ideas for my PhD and plays with styles, voice and structure.
I recommend every writer and reader watch it. I loved the moment that Jeanette Winterson states the novel that won the 1984 Booker, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, is ‘insipid’. Carter’s ‘Nights at the Circus’ was snubbed and never made it onto the short list. I was forced to read Brookner at A Level and had a heated argument with my lecturer who deemed du Lac to be a great piece of literature and loathed Carter. For me, du Lac, was everything that was wrong with the novel; I am not dismissing that it is well written but for me it is forty years too late. It is everything that was wrong with the literary scene, it was elitist, dull and more importantly, grounded, like a dead bird. This is the problem with the crowd, and now the crowd crow over Carter, I suspect I know what she would have said to them, ‘Fuck off’.