Sunday, August 21, 2016

Is the story sufficiently strong to sustain a novel?

At a writer’s workshop…
Anita: I don’t know whether to tell the story of this architect through fiction or nonfiction.
Rachel: So it’s the reverse of Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead?
Anita: Starting with a philosophy and using an architect as a protagonist? Yes, it's the reverse. This is the story of an architect and his buildings. He has beliefs but they come second to his designs.
Rachel: I know you can express your views elegantly, and you can structure a spiral of suspense, but are you sure there’s enough in your story to sustain a work of fiction?
Writing about a person and their work, by writing a biography or making a documentary, may be easier than fictionalizing it.
Some things to consider in crafting a fictionalized adaptation: lead character, opposition, challenge, climactic battle, inner journey, dialogue.

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