Lillian Hellman says “Story is what the characters want to do. Plot is what the writer wants the characters to do.”
The character in my new novel, Norman in the Painting, who appeared wearing a Homberg hat, is keeping his intentions a mystery. I wanted him to be hired by the antagonist, but he refuses that connection. Hellman is right.
Let us know if you have a character who wants to tell his or her own story and not follow your plot?
Winners of the Choices Poetry Contest on this blog will be announced in September. Due to vacations this summer, it was difficult for the judges to meet for a consensus. Many quality entries spread the nominated winners by each judge to well over the three place awards. We plan to have honorable mentions included this time.
Good luck everyone.
“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
How many did you cast today? How many are waiting in the wings?
While writing Chapter Seven in my novel, Norman in the Painting, a new character arrived wearing a business suit and a Homberg Hat. He’s a stranger to the small town, and Jill mistrusts him. Maybe she should but maybe he’s a guide to the interdimensions Norman travels. It’s too soon to tell for sure.
In an inter-dimensional novel, can a port key or handle to move from one place/dimension to another be a particular colored object? In my new novel, Norman in the Painting, I’m stuck on what makes Norman disappear and reappear. I’d like to use specific colors.
We five Women’s National Book Association board members enjoyed an afternoon at Barb and Rich Santos’ home along with other writers and friends from the San Francisco Writers Conference.
From left to right, WNBA President Kate Farrell, Secretary Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Webmaster Linda Lee, Social Media Manager Frances Caballo, and Membership Chair Jane Glendinning.
The San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association seeks to create a network within our local literary community while promoting literacy, a love of reading, and women’s role in the world of words. I’m happy to be a member and their new secretary. If anyone is interested in joining our chapter, go to http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org.
On Friday afternoon, I gave a talk to Shari Williams’ group, Foster City Village, at the Foster City Library. The title was “Preserve Your Memories”. I showed simple ways such as using photos to make a calendar, a Shutterfly book, a collage, a copy machine version with a spiral binding, or a self published book. I stressed the importance of recording one’s life experiences for posterity. A volunteer organization, a village of services, activities and personal connections to support successful aging are available in most cities. Google the name of your city/town with the word village after it to see if there is one nearby if you’d like to volunteer or know seniors that would enjoy being transported to their activities.