'Writing is a search to find a pattern in the messy, contradictory details of the non-writing life — yours, mine, everybody’s. You can only sit in your cork–lined room if you’ve lived a bit: we must write from experience after all, not ideas. '
Writers are not often told ‘the fewer words the better’, nor expected to consider the relative weighting of vowels to consonants in their sentences. Nor are they often given their own theatre, carriage and desktop piano — like Wagner. But writing an opera libretto, as Ron Butlin reveals, can be wildly different from other kinds of writing.