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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: A writer on the writing process  Reply with quote

Today I stumbled across this interesting and thoughtful article by George Saunders about the way he approaches writing. As ever, the caveat is that not all writers follow this sort of process - but I think he makes some interesting points, nonetheless.

https://www.theguardian.com/books...writers-really-do-when-they-write

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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike for this - I only skim-read it, but it was full of interesting insights.  More for a serious writer than a fluffy one, I feel.  I doubt if some of the writers around take that much care for their characters and style.  The book I am reading at the moment, for instance, though good and interesting and probably even unusual, is using the fashionable technique of different timeframes, one set of characters in the present and one in the past.  And related to each other.  

Our newspaper has a series at the moment of a writer's day.  It doesn't go into stylistic details like your Guardian article, but how they structure their writing day, and what else they do.  How they write rather than what they write.  I enjoy this series, though it is much lighter than the article you quoted.  

And how good to see you here again.  And a new photo! How are things with you and yours?


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's fascinating Mike. Thanks for posting it. I've heard many writers talking about their characters - in the process of writing - 'taking on a life of their own.' It's almost a cliché. I like the picture Saunders paints of it. I must read his book.
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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro wrote:
I doubt if some of the writers around take that much care for their characters and style.

I'm sure you're right. He is also a short story writer turning his hand to the novel, and I think his approach reflects that to a large extent. Short story writers tend to be more "bottom up" whereas most novelists have at least some degree of a "top down" approach (i.e. they tend to prepare plot outlines, character sketches etc. before actually writing).
Caro wrote:
And how good to see you here again.  And a new photo! How are things with you and yours?

Thank you. I shaved my beard off last Christmas, so thought it was about time to update the photo! We are all doing fine thanks - though I find I'm reading less and less these days, hence why I'm an infrequent visitor to these parts!




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