Each semester in his novel-writing class Jim Sallis mentions a fellow writer who has a note above her computer that says: Every character wants something every page. A good thing to keep in mind when we write fiction.
From M. Scott Peck’s book Denial of the Soul: “The human condition is that we are conscious beings with a will of our own living in a world that often doesn’t behave the way we would like it to.” He’s talking about real people, but since we want our story people to seem real, they need to be fully immersed in the human condition too.
- 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