Monthly Archives: October 2010

What’s a Plot Track?

Okay. A couple of readers want to know what a plot track is and how it works. You can run a plot track on an object, a symbol, a character, an action. In the examples below, all from Blood, I … Continue reading

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How The Memory Plot Track Started in Blood

I first thought about the problem of memory and how we know what words mean a few years ago. In Blood, I decided to make memory a central plot track. So, as Mitch writes his story, The Patron Saint of … Continue reading

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Mitch is Free

Pamela Hobart Carter–writer, poet, playwright, actress, most organized person I’ve ever met–read a pre-pub release of Blood. She sent me this note just to make me feel good. Mitch is free! No more cage for him. I have never read … Continue reading

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Will Theory Kill Writing?

Can writers theorize about writing without dying? Or, is theory best left to philosophers leaving writing to the writers? In Degrée Zero de l’écriture, Roland Barthes breaks us up into two categories: Ecrivants—who write about things and whose language is … Continue reading

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Art of the Cut To Technique

From: Jack Remick] Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 4:30 PM To: Vladimir Subject: cut to Vlado, Look at cut to as a technique you use to get control of a story. It’s not an end point. It’s a passing technique … Continue reading

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