Chainsaws, smoke alarms, & “over-researching”

I tell aspiring novelists, “If you need inspiration, interview somebody who’s willing and, ideally, a little offbeat.” Along those lines, writing for a newspaper is a great source of inspiration, and research is built in as part of your job. A few years ago I wrote a small feature on a performance artist named Michael Higgins, who fit the above criteria: he was willing, and he is charmingly, fascinatingly offbeat….

Wednesday, December 9, 2009