Monday, July 26, 2010

I have a novelist friend who will not move on to the next sentence until he has the sentence he's working on right. He's a much more successful novelist than I. Maybe I could learn something on my next novel by trying out the technique. My argument against his method is that sentence 2's design will be determined by sentence 1 and 3. Every sentence is surrounded on both sides, except the first and last sentence of each chapter. My friend however needs to do only a couple of revisions, where I find myself doing ten or twelve. Any thoughts about the making of sentences in a novel, or in prose? I think if I were to dawdle in the first draft over each sentence, I'd lose emotional flow, and perhaps forget what the next sentence, in rough draft, is supposed to be.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Using a New Form

I wrote my first novel, Drifter's Story, as a taped interview between two people. I got the idea from Samuel Becket's play, Krapp's Last Tape. Many people are fooled by the form and believe it is a 100% nonfiction. It's an autobiographical novel and about 70% nonfiction. It deals with the issue of what Robert Bly called "sperm stealing". The character meets an artist woman who takes photos of pregnant women. She is a mistress of a developer. She picked him up as a beach drifter, and has a child with him, but kicks him out because she wants to raise the child by herself. This book can be ordered for $7.95 including shipping from Slough Press, 3009 Normand, College Station, Tx. 77845