When I spotted this observation by Carolyn Wheat while rereading her terrific book, How to Write Killer Fiction, I immediately knew I had to pair it with the classic advice from a master, E.L. Doctorow:
“Writing the middle of a novel is a lot like driving through Texas. You think it’s never going to end, and all the scenery looks the same.”
– Carolyn Wheat
“Writing a novel is like driving at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
– E.L. Doctorow
Wishing you a terrific journey in 2012!
I can’t do the headlights thing. I have to know what my desitination is. I guess that’s why I’m an ‘outliner’ instead of a (seat of the) ‘pantser.’ 🙂
Lisa, I suspect there are as many ways to write as there are writers! I need to know the destination, too, but I don’t always know how I’m going to get there — my outlines have lots of gaps! Maybe that comes from years navigating Montana’s two-lane roads!