A number of weeks ago, the writer, Sally Bellerose, emailed me a series of interview questions, and I found, when I sat to answer them, that the questions broke me open. I began to think about my work and my process in a different way. You can read the interview here, Sally Bellerose’s Blog.
I’m nearly through the edit of Giraffe People. Eighteen months, at least, have passed since I last read the manuscript. And I can see the characters’ intentions now, and again, I have that sense, like with Field Guide, that my subconscious was already telling the story I would later be brave enough to flesh out. The bones are there. Now I get all the Ah! moments. Ah! That’s why she’s behaving this way! Of course! And this is why, later on, they…. The incident was already on the page, the motivation just needed fleshing, or the emotional aftermath.
We see when we’re ready to see. But it was there all along. That’s why writing feels like magic, but is really about practice.