another story must begin

I recently saw this article: “65 Immortal Brian Eno Quotes for His 65th Birthday.” Usually I avoid Internet lists with so many elements (one great advantage of print is that editors cut lists like this down to the essentials), but Eno has always been an interesting guy, so I skimmed this one, and found this quote:

“One of my mottoes is that if you want to get unusual results, work fast and work cheap, because there’s more of a chance that you’ll get somewhere that nobody else did.”

Well, “cheap” doesn’t mean much in writing, but “fast” certainly does. And this is how I wrote my two novels, working fast and without much of a plan. I won’t say I got somewhere that nobody else did, but I did get to some places that were not heavily populated. 🙂

I’ve been thinking about starting a new story, but I didn’t want to begin until the Jan Sleet mysteries were done. But now they are, so it’s time.

I don’t have a title for the whole thing, but the first part is called “Arrival.” It begins with Jan Sleet’s father, who we haven’t seen since A Sane Woman (before she was even born).

And her mother will appear also (that much I do know).

Oh, and yes, the title of this post is a line from Les Miserables. How did you know?

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2 Responses to another story must begin

  1. Maggie says:

    Well, you definitely produce more when you write fast, and the more stuff you have, the more you have to work with and fall back on through the years. Good quote. 🙂

  2. Well, I do save everything I write, in case it should be useful later (definitely “to fall back on later”), but I think Eno’s emphasis is less on word count (in the NaNo sense) and more on avoiding getting stuck by being willing to go in unusual directions. That’s what his Oblique Strategies cards were about ( One of the ones quoted definitely applies to what I do: “Not building a wall; making a brick.” I’ve used that metaphor myself, and now I’m wondering if that’s where I got it. I’ve never seen an Oblique Strategies deck (they were legendary when I was a musician, but nobody I knew had one), but maybe I read it somewhere. Or maybe it’s just a logical metaphor for a certain way of working.

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