It has become increasingly important to me that my writing have the courage of its convictions.
It has become increasingly important to me that my writing have the courage to articulate things differently, and not just for difference’s sake but so as to articulate those things more clearly and with greater assurance.
To this end I have made a series of changes to my working practice over the last year.
I have reworked and reconstructed my writing style. I have also reworked and reconstructed the forms in which I choose to write. I am bolder, more courageous even, in the way I develop pieces over their length. Of course, this bolder approach to form doesn’t mean doing away with form. My new works, whether they be the writerly sketches in my ‘Literary Series’, my condensed ‘notes’ or my textual Sonata, are, for all their challenges, actually the most formally precise pieces I’ve ever produced. However, these forms are dictated by the material and by the modes of expression proper to that material.
The texts I’ve written over the last year are braver and certainly more idiosyncratic than any I’d written before. They are all the better for it.
So I can only advise that when you write you write with the courage of your convictions.
© James Holden 2014