Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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P.G. Wodehouse

The thing to do is to say to yourself, “Which are my big scenes?” and then get every drop of juice out of them. The principle I always go on in writing a novel is to think of the characters in terms of actors in a play. I say to myself, if a big name were playing this part, and if he found that after a strong first act he had practically nothing to do in the second act, he would walk out. Now, then, can I twist the story so as to give him plenty to do all the way through?

P.G. Wodehouse, to The Paris Review

Written by nevalalee

June 17, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. love this

    Chrissy

    June 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

  2. This is actually a really interesting way to view character writing.

    Febry

    June 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

  3. Glad you liked it! I’ve always thought it was a useful way of looking at things.

    nevalalee

    June 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm


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