Brave on the Page

I stumbled on this lovely blog post about our Jan. 7 Brave on the Page Powell’s event. I’m so thankful to Erin May and all the other writers and creative types who attended that night.

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  1. Thank you for reblogging my post! I very much enjoyed the event.

    One question I had for the readers (and yourself) that I was a little too shy to get to was: Does writing about the process of writing ever seem to take the “magic” out of how it works? Do you find yourself hesitate in naming this process, for fear that it will change its efficacy?

    • You’re welcome, Erin May! This is the first time I’ve reblogged someone else’s post, and I just couldn’t wait to share it!

      Your question is a great one. For me, I love thinking about the process and reading about how other people do things; that’s why I started doing author interviews and ultimately put this book together. I think no matter how much I study the craft, and try to understand why I make (or should make) certain decisions as a writer, there will always be magic in what shows up on the page. For instance, in reworking a scene in my 19th century epic, my character surprised me by popping his new artificial eyeball out and handing it off to his friends so they could admire it. That led to more interesting speculation–did he lick it before putting it back in his eye or did he just pop it back in? I never thought I’d be writing about fake eyeballs, for one thing… but that moment of wanting to connect with the townsfolk over his new eyeball really surprised the heck out of me.

      I’ll ask around and see if I can get some more responses for you, too!

  2. Thank you for your response! I’ve always felt a little weary of analyzing my creative process as a designer- there’s something about it that feels a little too similar to quantum physics, you know? Just the act of measuring changes that which you measure. Though I’m a big fan of routine.

    I love the fact that something you create can be so real to you that these characters still surprise you! You and your writing sound absolutely charming 🙂

    Erin May

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