Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gretchen asked...

Gretchen asked...

Is this the method where you don't know the end and find it by writing? Or do you finally have the end and have figured out the steps along the way and will weave mystery into the journey? Or have you found a new way in to alter the whole tone, plot, characters and landscape? Or??? Curious minds want to know---

Answer...

All of the above, I think. Since the story is based on an actual journey I took with Allen in 2005, I have lots of material, but I've just begun to discover the characters. I don't want the characters to be thinly disguised versions of Allen and me. The challenge for me has been to forget the "real" experience enough to be imaginative with the material. I want to stretch myself and do something different than I've done before. I could write a book based on what I've been doing all along, but there doesn't seem to be any point to doing that. It would yield a book but not the experience I want. I do have a vague idea of what I want the characters to achieve, but everything is fluid and subject to change.

1 comment:

ggw07 said...

Your book is "based on an actual journey." I assume you aim the writing to be fluid to go beyond actual events and deep into imagination. Water changes, yet remains constant. Anything could happen. I have a feeling this will be your best work. I again recommend these films, Jean Renoir's "The River"(Satyajit Ray was Ass't Director) & Elia Kazan's "Wild River" if you haven't seen them.
Gretchen

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