Napkins and best lines: Writing advice from Carolyn JourdanBy Wade Kwon
I have a bad habit of watching “Bookmark” on Alabama Public Television. It is the “Inside the Actor’s Studio” of author interview programs.
But I picked up a wonderful nugget of advice from Tennessee author Carolyn Jourdan, who wrote “Heart in the Right Place” (affiliate link).
She eats at a lot of fast food restaurants because she’s a vegetarian. (She explained that her options were limited by work schedule and restaurants.) As a result, she accumulates a lot of napkins.
Whenever she hears a line worth saving, she writes it on a napkin. When her family threatened to toss all these napkins lying around the house into the trash, she transcribed them into a computer.
Each line waited for her to find an appropriate place to use in her writing.
I’m going to start hording lines I hear. (Yes, I could tweet them, but I need to have my own stockpile.)
But I’ll share the first one that made it into my collection: “There was a chick in college with me named Anna Graham.” (From a Facebook discussion on anagrams and palindromes.)
From such assorted gems, a novel will be born.