Why are all your poems about girls. Are you trying to write from a boys point of view? I think that's really creative and I've never seen that in writing before! You're going to go far with your poetry :)
Joe, I have really enjoyed the serious answers you've given fans about your process. It's a breath of fresh air to see someone of your stature take the time to truly answer people. I was wondering if you could talk a little about how you pace your novels. I think you do a great job of balancing action v. quieter moments, plot v. character, slow v. fast, etc. I find it particularly interesting that you can control pace like that while writing a novel without a structure. Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words.
I don’t worry too much about pacing in the first draft. In the early going, I just want to write some great scenes and figure out the characters.
In successive drafts, though, I allow myself to free-fall through panicky fantasies of the reader losing interest for a few minutes, dropping the book to watch squirrels fight with lightsabers on YouTube, and never coming back. So I try to ask myself every scene, every page, every sentence - are they bored yet? Am I losing them? If I think I might be losing my reader, that shit has to go.
Believe it or not, it’s really that simple. I just keep asking if the reader might possibly get bored and if the answer is “yes,” I worry and curse and poke at the characters with sharpened spears, until the answer changes to “no.”
“When women scream you wonder what’s wrong with them. When men yell you get afraid about what they’re going to do.”—A girl in my creative writing class said this in response to a story we read about witnessing intimate partner violence and it really fucked with my head because I’ve never, ever, ever, thought of it that way. (via firelorddahlia)
“My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.”—Alan Moore (via thatlitsite)
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