Things I am interested in:
- how writers turn autobiography into fiction
- the idea that remembering is the same as making things up
- using techniques of fiction making in memoir writing
- the effect following a particular religion has on your voice
- how the passing of time works in books of fiction and long, creative non-fiction
- how writers use other people’s stories in their fiction and the ethics of this
- Crufts and dog breeding and training generally
Book recommendations welcome.
I am learning to like the ‘research’ stage of a novel – although still finding it difficult to apply the things I read and discover to my own writing. Writing, for me, is a skill and a craft and while theory might be interesting I’m not doing an essay. I don’t need to back up everything my characters say or think with footnotes.
Method so far is: read a lot, think a lot and letting it all simmer for a while. When something snags my attention, follow it.
Jonathan Franzen, The Discomfort Zone
Stephen King, Full Dark, No Stars
Don’t need to know why or be able to explain my intentions to myself until much later, if at all. The answer to why I am interested in all these things is only: because I am. Because they appeal to me. Then scribble and scribble and scribble.
Then a book comes out a year or two later. In theory.