Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Grass is Always Greener

How do you write a novel? We're supposed to be giving tips on that sort of thing, but some days I'm just tipped out. What I do know is that if you set a video camera up in my work place and let it run, it would have to run a mighty long time before it would capture anything taking shape on the page or even me doing something. That's not the case with painters of course, they can daub away and right off the bat something's there. Carol Marine is one of many painters who does a painting a day (she does larger work too, of course); this video is a demo of her creating one of those one-day pieces. One reason I feel akin to painters is that they revise as they go along.

BTW, when you reach the third minute mark--that's about the status of my work-in-progress.


  1. Can't wait to one day read that WIP, Marsha!

    Carol shows so much versatility in style and subject matter. The cityscapes alone show her range. Thank you for sharing! I share her approach--"The Daily." I don't give myself any other boundaries (I hate boundaries) other than to write each day. By doing so I can sink deeper into a story's world. It will pervade my dreams this way. As a visual artist, I too, revise as I go. Seems when I'm stuck on a chapter and can't plough ahead, I back track and revise and then move forward again--a technique that I see now has its roots in my artsy roots. Great post!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. I love comparing her three-dimensional set-up with the final product, just as I love going back to my original notes for a novel and being surprised by what changed during the writing.