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04 March 2010 @ 09:00 pm
If you're unaware of the award winning author Michael Chabon, here's the Wikipedia page on him. Much to my dismay, I realized I missed Michael Chabon's lecture at Elon the previous night. As a fan of dark literature (including Poe) and science fiction, I was very sad to be absent for it. Fortunately, he held a short Q&A session today and I only hoped for a nugget of knowledge from him on writing or anything in general. I got it. It was certainly relevant given the person in play, but it was a question that I had brought up to fairytaledreams in a meme, so I felt so elated when it had been brought up and answered in a way I never expected.

Question: "When you begin writing, do you focus on a plot first and then base your characters around that, or do you start with character ideas and build the plot around that?"

Michael Chabon (not exact quote as I don't have a transcript or recording): "Neither, actually. [laughter] I don't have a character or a plot to start...I aim for an emotion when I write...when I write a detective novel, I want the hard-boiled feel to it where sentences are really short which goes against my love of adjectives...I see plot and character as a sort of perpendicular accident where the more focus you give to one weakens the other."

Oh hi, inspiration. It's been a while.
inkdancer: OMG I RULEinkdancer on March 5th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
Dear Mr Chabon,

Thank you for reminding me that my inability to write short stories does not make me a shitty writer.


p.s. Thanks for the graphic novel idea.
fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Dear Riah,

Short stories are a bitch to write.

Love, me

P.S. I think you're a fantastic writer ♥
inkdancer: orihime and pink flowersinkdancer on March 5th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
So much blushing omg
Dear Stella,

Yes they are. But your prose is really wonderful and I love reading it. Do you have anything new that I can read?

Love, Riah

p.s. You embarass the crap out of me but I love you to death!
fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
bwaha ♥
Dear Riah,

Maybe! I will need a beta soon... but I might be convinced to let go of the piece I'm working on early.

Love, Stella

P.S. pft you do it to me, too. IT'S ONLY FAIR AND ILU LOTS!
inkdancer: all sparkly yayinkdancer on March 5th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)

Dear Stella,

I would be honored to beta for such a talented and intelligent woman. And I have some free time at home tonight, so if you'd be willing to send it now I could reply posthaste!

Love, Riah

p.s. I think an exchange of luffs and compliments makes this all fair.
fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)

Dear Riah,

Hm... do I have your email? Or hell, hold on. I'll grab you in a sec XD

Love, Stella

P.S. I think I agree with this. ♥♥♥
MB: mice-spidersironyaficionado on March 5th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Dear Strahlbury,

You're not a shitty writer at all. In fact, you're fantastic and I can't wait to read whatever you've got next, be it graphic novel or Tribble fanfic.

Love a lot,

p.s. Thanks for making me lose the game from an old convo.
inkdancerinkdancer on March 5th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Dear Snuggle King,

I feel like I am, but I'm glad you're excited about it. I assure you, though, no Tribble fanfic. 7 of 9, on the other hand, deserves some pages. You should know that you're also quite a good writer and I'm looking forward to future fic collaborations.

More love than you can fit in a rainbarrel,
Your Strahlberry

p.s. You are a meanie. You may not have any Tootsie Pops.
neveracquiesce on March 5th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
You will give him Tootsie Pops. Are you aware that I kill at will?
inkdancer: huh?inkdancer on March 5th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Yes sir. He may have as many Tootsie Pops as he wants, sir.

MB: osaka nibbleironyaficionado on March 5th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)

/shares some with you
fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I have to read one of his books this semester :O

I love inspiration. It hits at the most random times and then just sticks around for a while. It's amazing.

MB: reading is hardironyaficionado on March 5th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Oooh! Which one? Wonderboys, perhaps?

It really really makes the world so much easier to deal with.

fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)

YES. So much. I've been getting some back, too, lately. It's weird and awesome.

\o\ /o/
MB: mormon jesusironyaficionado on March 5th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
It's all good. I was just curious. I haven't read anything of his anyway. >>;

Wavelength, baby! Way to go, alpha waves coordinating with the human imagination to create awesome ideas for writing! WHOO!
fairytaledreams on March 5th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
lmao... I'll go look in a sec /got distracted >>;

Queen of Random Idiocy: Tamaki/Haruhi [zomg love!]okroginator on March 5th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I love that man. ♥
MB: giraffe walkironyaficionado on March 5th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
He was rather fantastic and incredibly geeky. He even answered a question about how comic books today are so intent on killing their heroes, citing simply that comics have now been around for over half a century and killing your idols has to happen one way or the other.
dozmuffinxc: blahblahblahdozmuffinxc on March 6th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
He was pretty brilliant at the speech. Wish you could have been with us! He used the term "fanboy" at one point. That pretty much sums up his brilliance. I squee-gasmed the entire time. *LOVES HIM and needs his books*