Month: March 2009

A Work of Art

I’ve started working on this project again, after nearly two years.  I think my attitude towards it has changed, and I’m more comfortable with it.  One important detail is that I got excited reading the drafts, posing the hard question: which draft will I take, or should I just rewrite these anyway?  How do I deal with the complexity of a novel, writing chapters not in order, filling blank chapters that I may not be as excited about as others… So today I decided to turn off the Internet and the phone (that was easy, if you know my aversion to the phone), and work. Here’s an excerpt, just a paragraph really.  The story is about a painting of a young man after an encounter, and how the painter falls in love with his art and his subject. He woke up at ten past ten, the hands of his alarm clock spread in panic. He had to open his shop at eleven, and he was sure there would be a customer waiting at the door …