Jon Irving Lecture

A great thing about UVM is that there are a few really interesting lectures every week. This thursday I saw one of my favorite authors, Jon Irving, speak. He is the author of Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and many others. One of the most interesting things he talked about was his writing process, how he always writes the ending of his novels first. He said this was because he liked to know the voice that he will end the novel in. I have no idea how I would approach writing a novel, but this made sense to me. It is the same concept of writing an outline, he just wants to know where he’s going with the story before he begins writing. He then read the first few pages of his new novel, its the story of a young bisexual, discovering who is as he grows up in a small New England town. I can’t wait to read it! I’m going to have to wait a little while though because he hasn’t finished writing it yet!

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