I’m starting to write a book with dialogue. Whatever it sounds like, I listen to the sounds and write down what I hear. These “voices” come to me a lot. That is why I always have something to write with me – at worst it is a notebook on the phone, but I do not like this form. The dialogue that opens a one-act play in my play How to make love at home I wrote on the receipt in the cafe – says Claudia Bach, the book’s author Mr… – A funny story about a graphic artist who deeply believes in her talent. However, faith allows you to move mountains.
Or like Laura, the protagonist MrHave you dreamed of publishing this book on a certain day? Have you ever had your idea of author meetings and everything that will happen after the first show?
no. My goal was to get this book published, but I didn’t have high expectations as a specific release date. Although… is it really “excessive”? Maybe this is how you should live? On my own terms. And do not limit yourself in dreams, even if they seem ridiculous to someone.
Did you write this novel to break free from the illusion surrounding being the author of the book? Do you think there are more people in the world like Laura, who are more convinced that their novels are great works?
I know there are a lot of them, and interestingly enough, some of them have even managed to publish a book. And if there is a recipient, then even these “businesses” have a right to exist.
But I did not write my novel with the intention of disappointment – quite the contrary. Because writing is a totally magical process, if you are not a factor that produces new books sequentially. Of course, you can do that too, but I don’t see any magic in it, it’s more like pasting words into molds. If you’re writing for real, from the inside, you’re entering another level, a level, I might say, metaphysical.
And what about the workshop?
You must have a workshop, of course. Thanks to it, you can lose yourself even more in this magic. It’s like figure skating: a lot of people do it, but it’s enough to compare your skating to the figure skating you see at the Olympics. Sometimes when I look at the soloists I get emotional. I can see a lot of work, technique, accuracy and professionalism, thanks to which they can lose themselves in music, and the “workshop” gives them a sense of security. For me, it’s the same with writing.
What do you start with?
from the dialogue. Whatever it sounds like, I listen to the sounds and write down what I hear. These “voices” come to me very often, which is why I always have something to write with me – at worst it is a notebook on the phone, but I do not like this form, cafes.
Whenever I have a dialogue or monologue, I start attaching it to a stage. I wonder who says what. What do these people look like, how old are they, who they are. And I create the character to the smallest detail – I try to figure out everything. What is her zodiac sign, what she likes to eat, whether she prays, and if so, who and what, if she is afraid of something, prefers the mountains or the sea, and what fairy tales she saw as a child. The character will never find out 100% of himself, but I’m trying to find out all about him. Once I have characters, they come up with an idea and fill it in with their story. Because the work is driven by the hero, not the other way around. Of course, this is often the case in books, but in my opinion it is horrible in terms of workshop and reading.
How long was the period from the idea of the novel to the final point and publication?
I can not answer this question. I wrote the main part of the novel when I was 24 years old – today I am 28 years old. I was looking for a publisher for a long time, and I was also divided into other projects, I was running a website at the time. Eventually there was a publisher, but I didn’t like the terms, so I said “no”. Until I found myself at HarperCollins Publishing, where I was accepted by a very qualified person and decided I wanted to work with her. I refined the novel and corrected some of its parts and added many pages.
Mr… It’s your first book – but is it your first novel?
I finished two books, but I don’t want to publish them. My teacher also used to comment on most of our work in school: “It’s a good exercise.” It is worth distinguishing between what is a practice of writing and what is more. And the measurement is not the size here. 300 pages of typography on writing can also be a writing practice. In the drawer, on the other hand, there are two plays of mine, which are not practice pieces, and of a new book waiting in line. The plays are completed, while the characters in the book continue to chat and add new threads. I will only finish when they are silent.
When Laura wrote a novel, her characters gave their stories and experiences. Is it the same with you?
No, although there is of course a part of me in each of the heroes. Laura’s definitely given my journalistic experience – it’s frustrating to bounce off the wall. “No, we don’t want you!” Or worse: silence. Once, I suggested to a magazine a series whose main topic was the paintings of famous Post-Impressionists. In my return email, I read that maybe I should find a job at a museum café and tell guests about the paintings there. It’s funny in the context of books or movies – this scene is great, but when it happened … I was sitting at the kitchen table, I saw that I got the answer, I was happy … Then I opened the mail – send an email, read it and say: “Okay, damn it “. Fortunately, these inspiring and frustrating experiences are behind me. Now you can read me in the great magazine “On the Woman’s Side”. I recommend it, especially to people who love to laugh.
When looking for similarities, I can also refer to keeping the journal. This is also what Laura got from me. I have been writing my memoirs constantly since I was seven years old.
And how was the address?
Mr… It is a working title but the publisher liked it and there was no need to change it. I was thinking of the title romantic comedyTo discourage a genre that has, unfortunately, gained notoriety in Poland. And I think it’s beautiful: laughter and love. Although I understand the shock. You’ll eat a delicious broth from your grandmother and say it’s a wonderful, comforting soup. And then all your life you get Chinese soup, which is served as “chicken soup” and the more you eat it, the more you forget that it’s not the real taste of chicken soup. When asked next what you think of this soup, you will curl your face in a grimace of disgust.
The book ends with “I have to tell you something.” Shall we find out what happened next?
That was the assumption. I started writing Part Two, but I’m a bit afraid of it because as a reader I’m usually disappointed with Part Two myself. There are stories that are better not to be told anymore. Is this one of them? I don’t know yet. All I know is that stories are told for something. I love the heroes of this book and would be happy to write more about them, but it has to be with mutual consent: me and their heroes.
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