Often, the idea that there can be a wide range of translations of one text doesn't occur to people - or that a translation could be bad, very bad, and unfaithful to the original.
I wrote the first draft of 'Madame Bovary' without studying the previous translations, although I gathered them and took the occasional peek.
I always interrupt work with other work, either in a small way or big way, so that's normal.
I started writing the one-sentence stories when I was translating 'Swann's Way.' There were two reasons. I had almost no time to do my own writing, but didn't want to stop. And it was a reaction to Proust's very long sentences.
If I was writing about an academic or a more difficult person, I would use the Latinate vocabulary more, but I do think Anglo-saxon is the language of emotion.
I would recommend, definitely, developing a 'day job' that you like - don't expect to make money writing!
Ordering is difficult. It's like arranging pieces of music in a concert: What do you put first? What do you put after the intermission? I want the reader to be sort of surprised, to come to each story freshly.
I think I have a sense right in the beginning of how big an idea it is and how much room it needs, and, almost more importantly, how long it would sustain anybody's interest.
I think the close work I do as a translator pays off in my writing - I'm always searching for multiple ways to say things.
My stories are sometimes closer to poems or meditations, but often there is at least a little narrative in them.
I never dream in French, but certain French words seem better or more fun than English words - like 'pois chiches' for chick peas!
Collections aren't really planned. I just keep writing short pieces until I have enough for a collection.
I do see an interest in writing for Twitter.
I do think novels are overlooked. I did write one some years ago that I think is quite good, called 'The End of the Story,' not to blow my own horn.
I don't like to hurt people's feelings, and I don't like to knock other writers as a matter of principle.
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