This will probably be my last post for a couple of days. I leave Monday morning and won't be back until Thursday.
I listened to NPR today while I was working and heard an interview with David Mamet, the playwright.
He talked about the differences between writing novels and writing plays. He was vaguely contemptuous of novel writers, saying they could get away with more than writers of drama could.
He said that drama focuses on making the audience hunger to know more and to know which character they should be rooting for.
Mamet listed the three questions that a play must answer:
1) Who wants what from whom?
2) What happens if they don't get it?
3) Why now?
As I listened to the interview, I found myself thinking these were excellent questions for a novelist to answer.
Does your novel make readers crazy to know what happens next?
See you soon.