Note: Beware of a website proclaiming to be New Tribal Ventures/An Ishmael Community! Do not reply to any request for information. Our legitimate pages are available on our site here & on the navigation to the left.
HOME

DQ on Facebook!Follow Us on
 Facebook!


FIND OUT ABOUT
What's new
Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn's books
Schools & courses
Telephone Conferences
This website
New Tribal Ventures
Ishmael's Annex
Speaking Invitations
Events

THINGS TO DO
Register
Visit Guestbook
Find others
Help us
Order books
Contact us
Telephone Conferences
Special Requests

THINGS TO READ
Essays
Speeches
Dialogues
Parables
Answers to Questions
DQ's suggested reading
DQ's Blog

FOR TEACHERS
The Ishmael Companion
Beyond Civilization
 Study Guide


  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

The Question (ID Number 736)...

    Was there a difference for you in the writing process when you wrote Dreamer versus writing something like The Holy or After Dachau? There are books like your Dreamer and all the many, many Stephen King and Peter Straub mass market paperbacks that you find on the shelves and then there are books like After Dachau and The Holy--books that it seems like the author put more of himself into, that were more personal to the author. Is there a difference in the writing process when you're imagining up things for a novel like Dreamer and your more recent fiction, which seems like a different kind of thing altogether?

    ...and the response:

    It's an interesting question. I think you'll see the answer for yourself if you put it in a different setting--does a good architect (like, say, Frank Lloyd Wright) think about designing a house in a way that is different from designing a skyscraper? No, there are just different problems to solve. If an architect does less than his best with a house (because it's "just a house"), then he's a hack.

    The personal history and convictions of author should not obtrude in an entertainment (which is what Dreamer was), though you may have a distinct impression of him as a person. For example, you have a distinct impression of P.G. Wodehouse from his books, but you would be wrong to suppose that Bertie Wooster's terror of his aunt (and of marriage) was an expression of Wodehouse's personal experience.

    You may be surprised to learn that The Holy began as an entry into the same field as Dreamer. As it developed over a decade and a half, however, it gradually became a different and more serious kind of book--as it became "more personal" to me.


Go Back OR return to the Questions & Answers OR Browse to the Next Question
Site design and content © 2018, Daniel Quinn
Ishmael Privacy Policy