I covered ‘story elements’ in Creative Writing for Writers this week and Ivor from the class has been in touch with this from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook . . .
Among characterisation, dialogue, structure, point of view and all the rest, apparently I forgot to mention the time traveling snake, so I’ll be sure to update the lesson accordingly.
To make amends for the omission, see below for a link to an interview with Michel Faber, whose story ‘Serious Swimmers’ forms the basis of the lesson. He talks movingly about the process of working on his latest novel in very difficult circumstances, and also has interesting things to say about writing in general, including the pros and cons of listening to music (a topic that comes up in Consolidating Your Skills). He also asked for a track by Neu to be played, so if you’re a fan of ambient krautrock of the 70s then this is for you. Even if you’re not, Faber is unusually clear-eyed about his craft so I very much recommend a listen. His interview is the ninth item down the page this links to (see 27 October). You’ve got 19 days to listen before they delete it, so be quick – and enjoy.