Saturday, 3 May 2014
In the Zone & Remembering Sue Townsend And Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Despite a busy month of work activities and some untoward personal events I will not go into here…I have got 'into the zone' that is the immersion, I experience when writing, After all the research the notes , its then time to just write and go with the flow - see where it all goes. I rather like the way you can be surprised, when your loose plan of things, takes an interesting turn or some deep insight suddenly becomes apparent about a character or an situation. It is therefore important to be open and be flexible, to be ready to change things as the situation demands. This can be fun, also when a characters voice comes thorough loud and clear, there is s feeling of exhilaration as you try to capture that voice. Of course the narrative is the journey and the plot the route so to speak . So being free to vary both - the plot and journey is key. i often ask questions as to how things may work out and then ask myself why ?
The challenge of this piece of writing, stems very much from its subject matter and premise.
i feel it is important to stretch myself in characterisation, situations and the narrative - to leave my comfort zone. However there some similarities with my previous piece, insofar as I remain committed to tackling marginalized voices and issues. The protagonist, first surfaced in my previous choreopoem and their story it seemed to me needed to be told. So this the second narrative, in what I plan will be a trilogy i.e. Solitaire's narrative in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva, being the first in the series.
Gabriela Garcia Marquez: the father of magic realism and Sue Townsend: a stunning writer from my home city. Both of them sadly passed way this month. Two very different writers, but both held in very high esteem by me. Their great writing and fascinating lives, will continue to be source of great inspiration to me to continue on my own journey as writer.