Inside a Writer's Mind

Inside a Writer's Mind
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” -- Oscar Wilde

Friday, 18 May 2012

Notes From An Author's Talk

Last night I attended a talk by Australian author Kate Grenville.

She made some interesting points about fiction writing.

I made a note of three of them. Here they are:

  • every novel needs an emotional engine--often this arises from some sort of intrinsic conflict between key characters or from the main character's backstory which somehow propels the narrative forward
  • affective and memorable stories often have tragedy at their core
  • in your novel be sure to balance "dark" passages with "life affirming" passages 

That's all I wrote down.

Keep writing!

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