Thursday, April 26, 2012
Authorsday Fran Grote
1. Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants? I definitely write by the seat of my pants. I’ll start a book or story with the scene that inspires me, which is almost never the first scene. Whenever other scenes or even scraps of dialogue occur to me, I’ll write them down too, whether or not they’re out of order. My only rule is to never ignore inspiration. I’ve had to pull the car over to scribble down notes, and some of my greatest frustrations have been trying to figure out what it was I scrawled on the back of a napkin or somebody’s business card or whatever piece of paper was handy at the moment. Once I start to see the shape of a story, though, I will keep a running outline of what I think the eventual structure will be. When I finish my first draft it’s very much a mosaic – lots of lovely pieces that need to be fit together to make a whole. So I’ll print each piece on a separate sheet of paper and then storyboard. Using my running outline, I’ll start laying the sheets out on a table or the floor. Then I’ll move things around until the sequence flows in a way that makes the most sense to me. 2. What drew you to the subject of Fire in the Henhouse?