Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As I consider the requirements of writing a believable novel, I find the best descriptions come from those, not of the imagination, but of the experienced. Afterall, the word author does have its roots in the word authority. So, how can one write about something with which one has no knowledge?
If you ask me, this presents a problem. Does every thing that can be written need to be experienced by an author before it can be written about? No. Of course not. That would be absurd, however I believe there are some things which need to be experienced to write effectively or authoritatively about. So, where do you draw the line? I have a novel that I'm soon to pickup writing again called "In Eyes of Jade." The characters in this novel spend the majority of their time within the halls of a mental institute.
There's the problem.
Despite what some people may say, I'm not crazy and have no experience within such a place. I'd love to really deliver an honest, blunt, realistic and authoritative description of this institute, which demands that I spend some time within one (If I want to get the full effect) I am not suggesting that I hop in the padded cell, slip on the straight jacket and just see how it goes, but rather set up an interview or two with institute workers and or a tour.
Did any of you writers have to go through a dangerous or unique situation to acquire the research for your material? Where do you draw the line?
Monday, November 23, 2009
I was one of those poor saps who had the privilege (cough, hack, wheeze) of learning to spell with "Hooked on Phonics." I'm not here to pick on that program per say, but would love to get feedback from writers and authors as to where they really learned to spell. Was it a tried and true systematic approach of memorization like Spalding? Or did you become the guinea pig of the next generations literarily challenged and learn via phonetic pronunciation? Do you think it helped or hurt your chances at a writer?
As for me, I'm not too proud to admit. I can't spell to save my life. I learned the phonetic way and I really feel like it hindered me in my writing life. If I could go back I'd learn another way, but alas, it is too late. What about you?