Fleischman on writing in the dark

by on 08/04/04 at 1:00 am

…I start Chapter One with rarely a notion of the story that’s about to unfold. It’s like wandering into a pitch-black theater and groping around for the lights. One by one, the spots and footlights come on, catching a character or two against a painted backdrop. I sit back and enjoy the show…I am not alone in these bungee jumps into the unknown. Both Jill Paton Walsh and the late Ellen Raskin told me they work the same way…I don’t know how one could write comedies, as I do, without the high wire of improvisiation. –Sid Fleischman, qtd. in Anita Silvey’s Children’s Boooks and Their Creators


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