I agree with Lynn Barber…

Lynn Barber “At Vanity Fair I had to ‘pitch ideas’ and then go through layers of editors, all of whom asked what my ‘angle’ was going to be. I have always deeply hated and resented this question. If you have an angle on someone, it means you have already decided what to write before you meet, so you really might as well not bother interviewing them.”
[excerpt from ‘An Education’ by Lynn Barber]Lynn Barber

As a journalist, I hated that question too. And I find the same principle applies to writing fiction. It’s good to have a vague plan at the beginning, but it is good to change that plan as you write as the characters and story develop. Predictable = boring. It’s good when your characters start surprising you.

If you agree with Lynn Barber, perhaps you will agree with:-
Truman Capotelearn the rules then re-arrange them to suit yourself
Roddy Doylelearn the rules then re-arrange them to suit yourself
Sarah Hilaryresearch can become an obsession – and a distraction

Lynn Barber


‘An Education’ by Lynn Barber [UK: Penguin]

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