Sunday, April 08, 2007

Rupert Thomson on His Writing Process

There’s an intriguing article in today’s Scotsman about Rupert Thomson. Here are a couple of snippets from it that I found particularly interesting. In the first, he shares part of the process of writing his latest novel, Death of a Murderer:

"I thought my policeman would probably go there," says Thomson. "So I drove there one day between Christmas and New Year, just as Billy does. At some point on the journey I stopped being me and became Billy Tyler and for the next four hours I was feeling everything he would have felt. I found myself looking over my shoulder all the time to see my car because I had this strong sense of panic that I wouldn't find my way back to it. Writing is often like acting without an audience and you have to become the person you're writing about, otherwise it's not going to ring true. It was a very spooky afternoon."

And in the second, he speaks of his writing more generally:

"I often have a Diane Arbus quote in my head while I write. She said: 'My favourite thing is to go where I haven't been'. That's what I want from every book."

To read the whole of the article, click here.

1 comment:

julia said...

I have to say that I'm always intrigued with the process writer's go through. Some are unable to articulate what exactly they go through, so it's always interesting to read about the process from someone who is able to put it into words.