‘’I let the story out slowly; I knew from all the reading I’d done that was the best way to tell a tale, start far away from the center, but know where the centre is at all times.’’ Violet Cross in BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE’S HAIR. From Alice Hoffman’s blackbirdhouse.
I came across this useful advice in Alice Hoffman’s novel blackbirdhouse in which Violet Cross is having a conversation with Professor Ewan Perkins. She tells him a story concerning a discovery she has made and decides that the best way to is to start ‘far away from its center’ and move towards it. Violet’s words are worth bearing mind for any writer.
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