Doctor Johnson once famously advised, “Read over your compositions and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”
Yet there are so many instances of delight, for a writer. Phrases that suddenly uncoil and amaze, marvelous as an Indian rope trick; characters who come barging in and take over whole scenes.
And how can the reader not be as fascinated as you are with details to do with tracking the human genome, or the precise use of the theodolite, or the manufacture of gravy-browning in your hero’s great-uncle’s past....
DOCTOR JOHNSON! CODE BLUE!