With Friends Like These

The New York Times
The Opinionator
June 17, 2013

Writing Fiction and Nonfiction
by Sally Koslow

When I wrote my second novel, I biked in New York City’s Riverside Park and plopped myself down where my character died in order to take in what she saw as her life ebbed. When I wrote my first nonfiction book, in one of more than 200 interviews, I grilled a woman about why she quit a sought-after job in Washington to live in Paris.

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Dear Friends,

Last time I checked in here, I’d started to write two novels. Friends, the tally is now three. I still want to finish #1 and #2, but suddenly the concept for #3 parked in my brain, and screamed for attention. Like toddlers, unwritten books can be that way. This tale is different than my past work because it’s a love story and historical, but I’m much too superstitious to tell you more, though I ask for your good luck in completing the manuscript. I’m working ridiculously hard, keeping in mind the wise words of Israel’s most prominent author, Amos Oz:

“Writing a novel is like reconstructing the whole of Paris from Lego bricks. It’s not about who will live and who will die and who will go to bed with whom. Those (decisions) are the easy ones. It’s about choosing adjectives and adverbs and punctuation. These are molecular decisions that…nobody will appreciate, for the same reason that nobody ever pays attention to a single note in a symphony…except when the note is false. So you have to work very hard in order for your readers not to note a single false note. That is the business of three-quarters-of-a-million decisions.”

I’ve also been writing essays (which, btw, are as close to a memoir as I intend to get). My most recent one, shares my experience with breast cancer and going through breast reconstruction. It’s candid, written with the hope that other women going through a mastectomy might consider it as a resource.

Other strings in my bow include teaching creative writing here and there. I’m especially excited about being asked to join the faculty of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, February 10-14, 2016. Yes, I mean Mexico.

I love the diversity of my work-life right now. Wishing the same to you!

Sally Koslow
P.S. Please follow me on Twitter: @sallykoslow and email me at spkoslow@gmail.com.

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