I was trying to ignore this, but I cannot.
Jules over at 7 Imp posted this quote from Rosemary Wells, said at the Southern Festival of Books recently.
“Process doesn’t exist. Any good writer will tell you that.”
Out of context it’s really hard to understand what Ms. Wells meant, but even within context I can’t help but think this is the most asinine, offhand statement I’ve heard about writing in a while. That Ms. Wells speaks on behalf of “good writers” while doing so shows the kind of carelessness a good writer wouldn’t exhibit. Perhaps for her process doesn’t exist, and perhaps there are good writers (and editors) out there who can vouch for that statement on her behalf.
Had I not recently met Ms. Wells I might be tempted to state that she doesn’t exist any more than process.