Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
“Always I find when I begin to write there is one character who obstinately will not come alive. There is nothing psychologically false about him, but he sticks, he has to be pushed around, words have to be found for him, all the technical skill I have acquired through the laborious years has to be employed in making him appear alive to my readers. Sometimes I get a sour satisfaction when a reviewer praises him as the best-drawn character in the story: if he has not been drawn he has certainly been dragged. He lies heavily on my mind whenever I start to work like an ill-digested meal on the stomach, robbing me of the pleasure of creation in any scene where he is present. He never does the unexpected thing, he never surprises me, he never takes charge. Every other character helps, he only hinders.
“And yet one cannot do without him. I can imagine God feeling in just that way about some of us.”
–Graham Greene. The End of the Affair.
(I’ve been hiding out with Graham Greene for the last few days. He’s a good companion in times like these. Here’s to getting back out into the world where I can look around. 🙂 )