Faulkner – On Writing

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.