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Diana Gabaldon on Writing

2 July 2016

Bestselling author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon reveals her personal writing habits and how she came to be a novelist.

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7 Comments to “Diana Gabaldon on Writing”

  1. She gives wonderful interviews. Her speaking voice is so different from her writing voice, and so inviting and casual.

    I can definitely relate to what she says about needing something concrete in your mind’s eye before you begin to write. For me, that’s generally a line of dialogue or a line of internal monologue from a character. The rest of the writing session branches out from that like a tree.

    I will absolutely be interested in reading her book about writing. For some reason, I can never get enough of authors discussing their craft.

  2. Great chat here, Diana. As always. Loved your thoughts on where story and scene ideas come from and how they develop–from everywhere and like good chili it takes time to simmer—sometimes briefly; other times much longer. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cool! Loved her story of how she wrote Outlander “for practice.” A serious example of how no writing is ever wasted.

    • Maybe also a lesson on not taking yourself or your writing too seriously. At least at the beginning. Experiment and have fun.

  4. This is a terrific interview. I love how she speaks quickly and confidently about her process, so I’m locked into the listening. Love her series, too, of course, but that’s a given.

  5. Mention of Diana Gabaldon reminds me of this piece from jenny trout http://jennytrout.com/?p=10444#comment-653712
    She seems to be annoyed that Gabaldon doesn’t consider her book to be romance.

  6. Nice to know a best selling author writes the way I do! Multiple books at a time. I too, find switching to another book, helps “unstuck” me when I reach that point.
    I’ve read all of her books and have most, with an autographed copy of “Dragonfly in Amber” where we met at the Romance Writers of America Conference in Chicago.
    Best of all to you, Diana

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