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Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Writing affords me the chance to read and research a topic or two for a novel over one, two or more years.
I get to wallow in the subject, fill notebooks, usually without even a germ for a compelling story that could morph scholarly thoughts into arresting people and ideas, relevant to our everyday lives. I decided to have one protagonist of what became my love story be a woman, long past affairs, marriage, children and men when the tables are turned for her on romance, out of the blue.
What do I know of senior sex, inappropriate to discuss among family let alone polite society? And for a female? But women of a certain age? To me this subject seemed positively ripe for indulging my imagination as a writer.
That said, I read everything I could find of women declining to throw in the towel on this formerly vital part of life, even against their own better judgment.
Besides, as a life-long feminist, former househusband with a wife assuming major breadwinning, I thought it was high time I took advantage of being a novelist to live within a female mind, and body.
I had done so in Siegfried Follies, but she was secondary to the two male leads. Creating my female character forced me to ask: This is of course beyond the subject of sexuality in all its dimensions.
Sex is basic to our humanity, but does this hold true for a really older person, female or male? Even in our prime, I think most folks would agree that love-making, although essential, is secondary to the broad scope of a deep relationship.
I am a parent and so is my heroine. I had misgivings about compromising my career with family life, and so does my Roxie.
She meditates and is at peace with herself in a still male-dominant society. As a writer I gave myself the chance to leap beyond what I know to what I could imagine. This absolutely occurred for me in creating Roxie in my new work.
She was assertive, knew mostly what she wanted, an independent gal to say the least, and, besides, she was a lot older and more experienced than me. Who was I to argue? She and my male protagonist, Fred, are serious artists, as am I.
But I wanted to scrutinize the painter at his easel, inside-out. The act of writing for me is side-stepping the ego. Bottom line, I must say that I love to write. I love language and fluid prose—to read it and to write it. Fortunately in my day at my school even zoology exams were written essays.
So how can an English major earn a living? Perhaps constant practice is a huge benefit for any writer: It is through literature, not non-fiction, that I have gleaned best I can an understanding of the world, my circle of friends and loved ones, and myself, in that order.
Of course all of this is forever evolving. And so keep writing I must.Short Guide to Writing about Literature, A, 12th Edition. Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Part of Longman's successful Short Guide Series, A Short Guide to Writing about Literature Students, buy or rent this eText: Availability: Live.
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