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I've had two short stories and one essay published. I'm currently working on a "coming of age" novel set in the 1960's. I started this blog with the hope that I could share what I've learned/am learning about writing with other people and would get some of the same in return. If you know of anyone who might be interested in such a blog, please let that person or persons know about "The Writing Process." 7-8-12 I haven't worked on the novel for quite some time and doubt that I will take it up again. I'm currently working on a short story that I have high hopes for--or, if you prefer, for which I have high hopes. There is the possibility that I'll try another novel with some of the characters in this short story. Current and probable title: Not a Blind Date

Monday, May 25, 2009

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  1. Yes, people's actions, and characters' actions, if they are well drawn, are overdetermined. But some of the determining factors can be so distant from the individual that they only become visible in hindsight, if at all. I'm thinking about social history, how the zeitgeist gets incorporated in what you do, or what your character does, subconsciously, off-handedly, or even in opposition to self. This is hard to "show," especially for a child protagonist. What would Boyd be like if he were growing up in the 80s? Does thinking like this help you focus on an earlier Boyd?

  2. Thanks Sheila. Much to think about here.