Day Two, continued

From William Faulkner:

“I would say to get the character in your mind. Once he is in your mind, and he is right, and he’s true, then he does the work himself. All you need to do then is to trot along behind him and put down what he does and what he says. It’s the ingestion and then the gestation. You’ve got to know the character. You’ve got to believe in him. You’ve got to feel that he is alive, and then, of course, you will have to do a certain amount of picking and choosing among the possibilities of his action, so that his actions fit the character which you believe in. After that, the business of putting him down on paper is mechanical.”

Do you know your character? Really know her? Are you following her along, picking up her lines, noticing her actions that are only her?

As I have ‘driven’ along with Winston in this 1972 motor home, I am learning lots about her. And sometimes I’m surprised.

For example, I had no idea Winston wants to be an Olympic swimmer. But her goal works perfectly with the tragic, historical event that pops up in my book.

But mostly, I’m just enjoying this girl. I think she’s funny, gutsy, and she may have a very cute boyfriend by the end of this trip.

How’s the writing going for YOU?

Are you working hard?

This morning I got a little done, but not enough.

Have you been thinking of your secret goal? Are you working toward that, too?

Keep in mind your best written stuff so you will know what to read when we get together on April 8.

And happy marathoning.



Filed under Character, CLW, Plot, Publication, Voice, Writing Marathon, writing process

2 responses to “Day Two, continued

  1. My goal for this marathon is to crank out a nice first chapter, which usually takes me about a month, then the rest of the book just kind of flows. But I’m on round three of this first chapter and not feeling it. At all. I know my story and character but something’s not right about the voice. Ugh. I think I killed my muse.

  2. I might also have a cute boyfriend at the end of this marathon trip. Yay!


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