I’m listening to an interview of author Janice Day who wrote about her breast cancer experience. I like her style and her struggle to find a story format to suit her story. You can listen to the podcast at Creative Breakthrough Podcast 1 with Jurgen Wolff.
Janice talks about studying screen writing and being interested in Aristotle’s analysis of the three act play into pity, fear and catharsis.
It’s is a great description of this year’s book writing course and explains my different bouts of writer’s block.
How to Write a Book – A Play
Act I: Pity.
Scene: A desk, a computer, an empty chair.
A woman walks into the room, looks at the computer and wails “oh woe is me, I can’t write a book. I’m doomed.”
Act II: Fear.
Scene: The woman sits on the chair and starts typing, then stops and screeches “oh no, I can write a book… oooh, but it won’t be good enough and people will snigger behind my back. I’m doomed if I do and doomed if I dont.”
Act III: Catharsis.
Scene: The woman sits in the chair, typing on the keyboard. The screen comes into focus and we see the words “the end”. She leans back takes a deep breath, exhales audibly, smiles and says: “wow, so that’s how you write a book. I’ll be damned.”