Claire King


If it isn’t David it has to go.

Posted on: May 19th, 2010 by Claire - 9 Comments

I can see it. Crystal clear, in full colour. It is perfect, precise, evocative. It will take the reader by the heart and suck them in.
People will say ‘I couldn’t put it down’ and ‘I cried for her’ and ‘You MUST read it’. Truly, it’s a masterpiece, I wish I could share it with you.
But it’s not there yet.

Yep, I’m editing.


Michelangelo said it well:
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

So here I am, hewing.

As an aside, today my hewing is encouraged enormously by my short story ‘Wine At Breakfast’ making the Bristol Prize long list. It’s true! You can see my name and 39 other short story clever clogs right [ here ]


This photo via Flickr Creative Commons, taken from a German advertisement.

9 Responses

  1. Martha says:

    You’re on the longlist! You’re on the list! You cool, talented writer. Yay. πŸ™‚

  2. Tracy Lucas says:

    Love the picture.
    Nice touch.

  3. Marisa Birns says:

    Wow, David certainly has been living the good life since I last saw him four years ago!

    The Bristol long list? How exciting for you! Congratulations!

    Have fun with your hewing. Make David cute again. πŸ™‚

  4. Liras says:

    Congrats! Good wishes to you!

  5. Nora Lumiere says:

    Lovely post, shocking photo, congratulations on making the Bristol prize long list.

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