Solitude Ahead of Survival
From Susan Bell’s The Artful Edit – “Collaboration is generally unnatural to writers – most would put solitude ahead of cash if asked to choose between the two.”
Which is a way of putting non-survival ahead of survival.
From Don DeLillo’s White Noise – “There must be something in family life that generates factual error. Overcloseness, the noise and heat of being. Perhaps something even deeper, like the need to survive.”
Error and survival are bound together — to think clearly or novelistically, it’s necessary to wander dangerously far from the Group. From a “Wall Street Journal” interview with Cormac McCarthy –
“WSJ: But is there something compelling about the collaborative process compared to the solitary job of writing?
CMC: Yes, it would compel you to avoid it at all costs.”
These costs are however high. And the writer only gets to enjoy so many hours of hard-won productive solitude before solitude transforms into loneliness, which is no use to anyone.