Will Alexander on writing, the theater and his new book

  • by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2013 - 4:49 PM

On leaving the theater to write: “Theatrical stuff was still fizzing and bubbling in my brain when I started writing — the interaction between the word as written and the word as spoken, getting a sense for how language is well used. You taste the language in your own mouth. You learn the music of it in your own body. You’re learning the same dramatic tricks” — pacing, drama, dialogue. “All of that was directly applicable to writing fiction. My first scribbles are always dialogue, to get to know who the characters are.”

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