Inspiration Point: Closer To Fiction

9 Sep

I heard a really interesting conversation with Donald Ray Pollock on NPR Programs: Fresh Air :

(http://www.npr.org/2011/07/26/138605683/donald-ray-pollock-on-finding-fiction-late-in-life)

The interview primarily focused on the author’s take on  ‘finding fiction in later life’ which was really interesting to listen to,  but what I found  most inspiring was something that he mentioned in passing about what he  did at the beginning of his writing career to improve his writing skills and get to the nuts and bolts of writing.  He said that what he did was  to copy out his favourite short story on his typewriter so he could become minutely intimate with the text, and in so doing he mastered his trade; in so doing, he learned what worked and what didn’t writing-wise.

Now this struck me as a really brilliant thing to do. Just to see what happens. Just to see if becoming so intimate with a story that you love can spark-up your writing; or even if you’re not into writing, what the process of selection and transcription might do for you in other ways- how does it change you? I’m certainly going to give it a go and see what happens. If you’re a budding writer it might be worth a go. I shall let you know what I chose and what I got out of it. If you try it let me know how you got on.  Watch this space!

And here’s a little video about it too……………….

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/49674060″>Landscape & Donald Ray Pollock (ArtiPeep Creation Point)) 09 09 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/artipeep”>ArtiPeep</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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