Italo Calvino on writing

In a note appended to The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Italo Calvino says:

I would like to add that for a certain time it was my intention to write also a third part for this book. [There follows a description of this planned part.]

I went no further than the formulation of the idea as I have just described it. My theoretical and expressive interests had moved off in other directions. I always feel the need to alternate one type of writing with another, completely different, to begin writing again as if I had never written anything before.

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2 Responses to Italo Calvino on writing

  1. dustmote says:

    Then the very practice driven by this kind of need — to constantly begin again with something completely different, must be If on a winter’s night a traveler. Very worth reading if you haven’t yet.

  2. stuartelden says:

    Thanks for this. Yes, the first of his books I read, many years ago. May well revisit it soon.

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