Swimming With Books

A writer's reading journal, & sundry other notes.

Swimming with Books went visiting…

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over at the blog of my lovely publisher, Victoria University Press. It’s about the writing process. And things.

It starts like this:

Can a writer alter the type of story she instinctively writes, or the temporal and psychological structure of that story, and produce a new story that is not false, unsuccessfully experimental or try-hard, but has conviction and internal strength?

Here’s a story I often find myself writing. In the story’s present my protagonist is strongly affected by an event or series of events that’s already complete, and usually of some duration and complexity. The effect of the inciting event on my protagonist is inevitably emotional and psychological. Therefore, in order for the reader to properly understand the protagonist’s current state of mind, the event needs to be narrated in detail.

More (scroll down a bit)

Written by Susan Pearce

June 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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