To a great degree, much of the structure has got to come naturally out of the writing. For me, writing is like walking through a desert and all at once, poking up through the hardpan, I see the top of a chimney.
He is more like an oyster or a sponge. It must flow seamlessly. Now what goes into these books does reflect a great deal of my more morbid nature—the fear of dying, a great deal of social awareness and social protest, which is part of my personality.
They wish they had a book in print.
You must figure out in advance what those choices are going to be. I look for them. I get out of bed quickly, to trap them before they escape. It has structure, a story line and a sense of place and pace. The sun came up. I know my subconscious is busy.
Eventually, it may show us how to face our feelings and face our actions and to have new inklings about what they mean. There are successful writers who impart wisdom freely and willingly, and then there are literary icons who claim to have none to dispense at all.
But every historian has some kind of philosophy of life and society. The most exciting thing is when you find a character doing something surprising or unplanned. His work means nothing, otherwise. A good novel of any year can initiate us into our own new experience. Unless he gets his facts right, his imagination will lead him into all kinds of nonsense, and the facts he is most likely to get right are the facts of his own experience.
Turn them into a story that tells the truth. People I can believe in because I know and understand them. People with faults, with nasty tempers, with weaknesses and loves and hates and fears and gripes against each other.
The sound of a sentence. So I have lots of theme, locale, subjects and technical ideas. It will insist on being told. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come.
A writer has to be able to look at that story and see whether or not a character works, whether or not a character needs further definition.
So before I ever write, I prepare an outline of 40 or 50 pages. I feel sure of it. You have to be yourself when you write.The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the country. The festival will be held April 21at USC and feature celebrities, famous authors, music, film, comic books, cooking demos and more.
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