Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Are You Using Night Time Logic or Day Time Logic in Your Work-In-Progress?

Author Kelly Link speaks in this "All Things Considered" Interview about her latest collection of short stories, "Get In Trouble." In the interview, the concept of Day Time Logic versus Night Time Logic is shared...

Daytime logic is the world as we know it. Clocks turn clockwise. The sun always rises from the east and sets in the west.

But Night Time logic is different. As Kelly says,
"Night time logic it's much more like dream logic. Except that, you know, when you wake up from a dream, you think, well, that didn't make sense. And I think night time logic in stories you think, I don't understand why that made sense but I feel there was kind of an emotional truth to it."

Maybe that's why classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" are so resonant... they play with Night Time logic.

Consider what's the logic underpinning your current work in progress. Are you writing in Day Time or Night Time logic?

And could it be that it's not an either/or choice, but that perhaps some opposite logic could add something powerful to your craft?

Kelly's book is "Get In Trouble"

and you can find out more about her at her website here.

Illustrate and Write On,

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