Sorry, can’t stop to talk today. In the novel where I live and breathe and mess things up, things have taken a bad turn, and it’s my fault. My sister Pen may never forgive me. I’m not sure I would, if I were her. First I’ll have to clean up the mess I’ve made. Then I’ll have to figure out how to redeem myself. Though not in any ordinary way; no, a character’s redemption has to be original and unexpected. That’s the sort of narrative rabbit a protagonist and her writer are supposed to be able to pull out of a hat. Unexpected, yet with an air of inevitability once it’s happened. Give me a break. No time, gotta go. I’m a long way from redemption.
My name's Kate, and I live inside a novel-in-progress by Leona Theis. The novel is "at rest" for the moment (between drafts). While Leona was writing, I showed up here to talk about what it's like to be written. Which means the site is also a peep show into how one writer writes and a resource for thinking about creativity.