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June 8, 2014
Posted at 11:14 am
 

Return to Eden--chapter 11

The irrepressible Rory just jumped off the screen at me as I was writing this. Unlike what a lot of professors teach about writing fiction, I don't work from an outline. I have an idea where I'm heading and then just let the characters dictate how I get there. Sometimes, in fact, I don't wind up where I originally set out to go at all, and the story suddenly swerves in direction. On not a few occasions I've found myself writing something I never intended at the start. Each new page is thus sometimes as much of a surprise to me as it is to you, the reader. That's kind of the fun of writing fiction. In non-fiction you're constrained by the reality, the facts of the subject about which you're writing. With fiction the only limit is your imagination, and you can give your creativity fuller reign. So when Rory insisted on coming to life in my mind I decided to follow her more as the story developed. She'll be around now and again as the return visit to Eden goes forward.