August 15, 2015
Faulkner said, “The ONLY subject of art is the human heart in conflict with itself.”
Bull’s-eye for the writer’s motivation. Bull’s-eye for the major characters. A common question asked me is, “When you start to write a novel, do you know how it will end?” Answer: Yes or No. I may have an idea as I set out. I transfer my conflict to my protagonist, who proceeds to encounter many forces and surprises unknown to me beforehand.
In THE ROMANTIC IMPEDIMENT, I did not know how the protagonist would resolve her conflict. I was leaning in one direction. By the time I came near to writing the end of the novel, I leaned the other way. And finally came up with a third option. Ultimately, the novel analyzes a problem and comes to its own conclusions.