Sunday, September 5th, 2010
It was writing process and form that dominated the discussion at the Revealing Secrets session this morning. Authors Steve Toltz, Angelo Loukakis and Rebecca James were each quizzed on their personal writing practices and in particular, how they each constructed novels with a secret that is revealed to the reader throughout the book.
The group discussed their aversion to planning narratives. Opting for a more “organic” approach, they all agreed that they were constantly rewriting to incorporate new ideas to the original narrative. James described the experience as exciting, explaining that during the writing of her novel, Beautiful Malice, she discovered the plot as she wrote it. But don’t think that this lack of planning invokes a painless and easy writing experience, it seems it was far from it.