Virginia Jones on Technique

“Technique is more than anything else a means of evading the personally impossible, of disguising a deficiency.” A good writer is “consciousness of what he cannot do,” so says Graham Greene.

The more I think, the more I think he’s right.  An athletes talents and weakness are so often, more apparent than an artists.  A 300lb football player is more likely to be a successful linemen than receiver.  He would be silly to mold himself into something he is not.  But how is a writer to know is they are a lineman or a receiver?  How do you learn your strengths to play on them?


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