Blain was tall and slim and wry, and he would often stand at the front of the room and lean back against his desk, arms folded comfortably across his stomach. He did this as he told us about our assignment. Write a novel? We were going to write a novel? Our selves? That is exactly what we did. Fifteen students, fifteen chapters, one per student. Any topic, any plot, any writing style of our choosing. Blain added, which led to a few muffled groans. We made committees—Character, Plot, Setting. I was on the Plot committee, where I sensed the action was.
And I wanted in. I wanted to help decide what would happen.
And so I volunteered to write the opening chapter. The novel, such as it was, told the story of Trip, a senior lacrosse player at an all-boys boarding school.
Trip discovers there is a drug ring on campus run by—gasp! The novel, entitled Class Ring , is choppy, self-contradictory, and highly unbelievable. But it was a watershed moment for me as a writer. I think it was an important moment for everyone in that class. We would talk about the possibilities for our novel in class, on the way to practice, walking back to the dorms from dinner.
We argued about the fate of various minor characters. We gave Trip a sidekick and accomplice, Walter, an unpopular nerd who sorts tee shirts and socks in the school gym. Blain made comparisons to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza that flew right over our heads, but we beamed at his praise nonetheless. We were writing a Novel. It made sense to me when I first heard it.
It also freed me, I thought. I could write whatever I wanted.
V is for Vengeance
My father was a banker, my mother a homemaker. I had gone to boarding school and then to a small liberal arts college. What did I know from my own personal experience that I could possibly turn into fiction? Fast forward twenty years and I have a Ph.
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She is also patient, which helps when you are married to a would-be novelist. I had spent more than a decade writing a novel set partially in Ireland and dealing with family drama, the IRA, and the sins of the past. It was my dissertation, and I learned how to write by constantly trying to hack my way to the story at the center of that thing, but the novel never quite came together. Who wants to read that? I resisted at first. I was also intimidated, truth be told. Its consequences irrevocably alter the course of Thomas Lynley's life.
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