El oficio de Iain Banks
Iain Banks es un escritor escocés que tienes dos firmas: Iain Banks, el escritor, e Iain M. Banks, el narrador de ciencia ficción. Por qué la diferencia, sólo Dios y Daniel Salvo saben. Algunos de sus libros se encuentran traducidos por Mondadori. En The Guardian indagan sobre su oficio. Dejo aquí tres preguntas concretas:
Do you have a daily routine?
In theory, I work an eight-hour day and a five-day week which means I can socialise with my pals who mostly have normal jobs like teaching and computer programming. But in practice, if I wake up at 4am thinking about the book then I get up and start writing. Which is good because then I can finish my allocation of words for the day by breakfast and have the day off.
What advice would you give to new writers?
The Three Ps: practice, practice, practice. Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don't try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try to polish every sentence there's a chance you'll never get past the first chapter.
Is there a secret to writing?
Some people have just got it and some haven't. Although, I think it can be brought out of some people so it is worthwhile joining writers' groups or studying it. If a creative writing course produces one writer who wouldn't have been a writer otherwise then it's worthwhile. You kind of know if you are a writer or not. The real secret is to do it because you love writing rather than because you love the idea of being a Writer.