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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Forget Plot

"You would probably do just as well to get that plot business out of your head and start simply with a character or anything that you can make come alive. Wouldn't it be better for you to discover a meaning in what you write rather than to impose one? Nothing you write will lack meaning because the meaning is in you."

- Flannery O'Connor, in one of a newly-discovered cache of letters

3 Comments:

  • Nice quote.

    By Blogger Dzeintra, at 11:12 AM  

  • I'm not too sure about this advice... Have tried it, in fact, and achieved nothing but self-indulgent rambling.

    How about you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:46 PM  

  • Perhaps you're being too harsh on your prose? The trick is probably to keep on regardless, and then, from the pages and pages of "self indulgent rambling" will emerge a coherent narrative, or at least ideas/characters that can be taken forward. Philip Roth, for one, says that he has to keep on writing and discarding -- sometimes for months -- before it becomes clear to him what his book ought to contain. All the best.

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 11:58 AM  

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