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Writing Thoughts – Time and Storytelling

by Frank on March 2nd, 2013

I’ve got a lot of things to juggle today, a number of chores mainly work related, that I’d like to get out of the way. I made relatively little progress on the novel yesterday and can only be grateful for the light clinical load this month. But even without dramatic advances yesterday, I cleaned up the Security Meeting chapter and Leda on the Dock segment and made a start on the Gavin’s office scene. By and large the book’s feeling good, the story solid and its just a matter of continuing to let it grow and breathe. A good thing to keep in mind is that you can never bring any work to absolute perfection. There will always be blemishes. The can only work to make even the blemishes blend in to the overall texture. Unlike a sculpture where the end result reflects polish and line, with a story it’s more about interconnectedness. While it is possible in a single moment to take in something of the essence of a sculpture or painting, a story can only unfold over time as the reader picks up the threads and weaves them in their imagination. It is a tapestry that grows clearer with every paragraph and in so doing becomes something alive in the reader’s mind, even with eyes closed. Therefore, time is at the heart of storytelling.

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