I have always wanted to write a novel, but not badly enough to discipline myself! LOL I left college teaching in 1992 and that summer I attended the a workshop at the annual writer's summer institute at Iowa City. I attended a novel writing workshop out of a fluke, and got to know the author who taught the class. We became casual friends and corresponded by phone periodically while he was writing his next novel. It was a view of the creative process I had never seen, since that was not my field in college. He would read me his latest chapter and get feedback on how it flowed. Somewhere I even have a manuscript
copy of the book, "They Whisper".
He called me one day and said "I won the Pulitzer" and I thought he was joking for a second, but realized he wasn't. His name is Robert Olen Butler and he won the Pulitzer back around 1993 for his book of short stories "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain." His method of writing is very intuitive, and he has since written a book about
I have started more novels than I care to remember, and maybe one day....but I loved Butler's method because it was organic. He said if you know the end of the story before you write it then it will be a bad book. Now that goes against the plotting approach, but I love it because it's more of a flow. But it's a bear organizationally and I think that's what always gets me - I lose the flow. But as I said, I haven't put my all into it. Maybe one day when I'm on the other side of what's shaping up to be a pretty major life transition.
Oh, as an aside Bob Butler also had a short story in the in-flight magazine that was in the planes that hit the World Trade Center. And it was a short story about
a man who had crashed a small plane that was generated from a postcard he saw.
And as another aside, I love to collect storyteller figures. They are made by Native American tribes in the southwest, and in the 90's when I traveled around New Mexico and Arizona (love, love, love the Grand Canyon) I started collecting them. My favorite are the two simplest ones I bought for a few dollars in Earl's restaurant in Gallup, New Mexico, as the young children carried them from table to table.
Good topic, Chutzie!
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