Shawn L. Bird

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cannibal art October 14, 2011

Filed under: OUTLANDERishness,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:30 pm
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In Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager, Jamie observes,

“It was not Monsieur Arouet, but a colleague of his—a lady novelist—who remarked to me once that writing novels was a cannibal’s art, in which one often mixed small portions of one’s friends and one’s enemies together, seasoned them with imagination, and allowed the whole to stew together into a savory concoction.”     (p. 148)  

This seems like a fairly accurate picture of my own experience.  How about you?  If you are a writer, is this how characters and plots develop for you?

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3 Responses to “cannibal art”

  1. My characters are all versions of myself. So far I’ve been too afraid to rip my friends and not-so-friends and family alive in fiction, but that might just be the thing I need to do at this point. Vengeance is mine says fiction.


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