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Friday Five: The Marilynne Robinson Edition

    




In May-June of 2003, I had the great good fortune to study with Marilynne Robinson for three weeks at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.   


Here are some gems from Marilynne:

1)  If you have any luck at all, when you sit down to write you won't end up writing what you intended at all.

2)  You can't find a story without writing it all out (don't focus on page limits or word count).

3)  Don't be loyal to the investment you've made in a weak scene instead of loyal to the scene itself.  Does it deserve to die?  If so, then kill it, no matter how long you've sweated over it.

4)   A character shouldn't look like a type but a personality.

5)  The tension in a piece of fiction is not how it ends but how it arrives at its ending.

Bonus Gem:  You should always keep something in front of the reader's eye; it's like leading a blind person through the reader's house.
              
Tags: friday five, marilynne robinson, writing - inspiration
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