English Teacher Lectures on Novel Writing Process

March 25, 2015

On Tuesday, Director of Senior School and English teacher, Mr le Fleming, spoke to Literary Society about his novel Central Reservation: how he wrote it, where his ideas came from and how his experiences could be applied to writing in general. He guided girls through his writing process, which began with imagined pictures born out of real experiences that gradually morphed into a story. This story was then drafted and re-drafted, which he demonstrated by reading the opening sentence from all seventeen drafts, each one the length of a complete novel. He emphasised two points: that writing is a meticulous craft, as even a genius’ first attempt is not a perfect oeuvre, and that following one’s gut can sometimes mean erasing everything and starting afresh.

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