July 4, 2011 by musehick
i know i have talked elsewhere of how useful interviews are for learning about craft. by asking someone about how they themselves work on a piece and what their own process is you can garner advice that if delivered in a didactic manner might not be quite as easy to swallow. it comes at the whole thing from a point of answering an interested party instead of listening to someone preaching a sermon from a mount.
i never liked any of those guides of writing that said you need this and this and this in a story to make sure that it really is a story and works as a story is supposed to work. putting a story together is not like baking a recipe; it is not the same as assembling flatpack furniture. well, that is unless you want to turn out a billion carbon copy zombies sat behind their computers building bolt together plots. ah, but that’s unfair right?
i have a few places that i go to to find good interviews and chuck palahniuk’s site is one of them; metazen has also been reliable; and there are also some other great places. it isn’t that i want to write some kind of pastiche of the greats or the noted, but how can it hurt to get some more tools for the toolbox?