How to right a novelMaking a novel right
, she sets out to write a bestseller that uses her charmingly dysfunctional family as material.
Writing a novel
He is the writer of two reviewed (and nicely written) books, Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, as well as a number of articles, some of which have been included in the upcoming How to Watch an Autobiographical Novel series. He has received a Whiting Award, scholarships from the Netherlands Academy of Sciences and the German CCCA, and best-selling at last year's The Queen of the Night.
Chee advised me to rewrite the script for each design from the first to the last line of my novel. At Cafe Loup in the West Village, I went to meet Chee to find out more about his typing and reworking processes and maybe get some more tip-off.
Lincoln Michel: Maybe it's a good way to get started on your books. Well, I think you said you wrote your first designs by han. And she handwrote a complete novel. When the Queen of the Night went on, it became a kind of Schwarzer Schwan Fuge to create a novel that was so crazy.
Well, I think my old computer has over 600 scribbled "queen something" on it. It was a trial that many of my boyfriends took on, where I wrote a magazine specifically for the novel I was working on. So, I opened it every single working days and just looked at the last note so I could recall where I was.
The Queen of the Night made it a scenario where the chap had the length of a novel and what I called a novel was 75 pages long. I was so scared of what the novel was that I kept slicing it up and dropping it in that trash can.
I' m looking at it and I' m thinking, oh, it's the whole novel. So I like the diary thing. This is how you work with it, that you make an entries when you are done at the end of the workday. It was like a blogs, so the last post was always at the top and the first post was always at the end.
The evening before or the previous evening I looked at the way I thought, and I could fall back into my head where I was. You' re right where you left off. Beyond the distraction of a computer, what does manual typing offer you? Have you the feeling that you type on different kind of papers than on a notebook?
I' m leanting into the corner of a long thought, almost like skiing and in a slope - I sense how the corner and I, the hills, the force of the force of gravity, all of the powder are involved in my movement. When you type something on a computer, it immediately looks like a real library.
So you dragged the Queen of the Night out of the 2013 release to include new detail you found in your research, right? Right. It was a real act, I think. is that there is a fact-finding exercise that is part of the editorial staff of a historic novel.
and in my way, I'm trying to take charge of yours. This is something young authors don't know. You' re told to think that typing is just a one-on-one thing, then you' re selling your work and letting someone else do it.... which just doesn't work.
I' ve done it with Queen too. I figured out with Queen that there's a unit I need you to take care of. So was the writer. When I finished the anthology of essays, I realised that there is a dead angle to the inscription. Since you are so acquainted with things, do not describe them as you would in a novel.
This queen of the night is composed in a theme-specific theme, an opera house and sound. Yes, if there is a text that recalls the sound I want, then I have had it. When there is something I have wrote that is the ultimative sound, then I start reading it first, then I go in so that it is in my ears.
There was an excerpt from the Goncourt brothers' diary in The Queen of the Nights, and it was actually there for me to open the script to lead the way every day. You' re launching the Dear Reader range at the Ace Hotel for an overnight stay in residences.
I like to work for myself somewhere where nobody knows I'm there. Guys we could be if we weren't among others. Or, at least, those with whom we can communicate if we are not the ones we say we will be for the remainder of our life.
Yes, I won't let you. It' really important to tell folks to turn that off or use earphones. I' m not sure why they think they can. You' re writing a wide variety of things, from fiction to essay. Well, I can leaf back and forth, but at some point fiction doesn't really like that.
It' like some kind of monogamous notion. Just like you and the novel. That' a great sentence, the monogamous notion. It' difficult to be in an open relation with a novel. You' ve got to keep the sound, the storyline, the characters and so many other things in your mind.
It is intolerable at some point to interpret something other than what you are working on. In another point, it is intolerable to be able to read what you are working on without doing anything else. That something you have to turn off when you' re typing? I could continue until I finished my typing, and I could go out and know that I would find someone.
The one thing that worries me is that you get used to the notion that when you publish something, you know who you are and you stop imagining. When you' re sitting down to type, you have to imagine who's speaking. Is that something you see as infectious of the way humans publish plays?
There have been a number of articles and articles in recent times about the status of the article and issues with the individual on-line asses. Some of the edition may be based on an assumption that today's articles are too limited, that you don't introduce yourself to new audiences, but only what those who already do.
That' s what distinguishes a diary from an essays or stories. She speaks about how the essence of a strong essays is to know who you are in terms of the stories you tell, and to determine that for the readers. I think you get the thought in online news: "They all know it's me, I won't even tell them who I am," and you get thrown off the rail.
When you' re writing something that doesn't do enough work. It is the personality that tells the article, if it is a piece of writing, it is the self that conveys the state. I even get the feeling that I am reading too many books pretending to have been reading the copy of the suit. But I don't like reading cover prints.
And I like to see where it leads me. When I was a PhD in Iowa, one of the most difficult things I ever got from a college kid was when one of my best college kid said, "How do you know what to do? So I said, well, I open it, I go to the first page, and when I get the feeling that it is speaking to me, I continue and when I get the feeling that it is not, I do not.