Writer’s Notebook: Totally Gonzo

Posted: March 1, 2015 in graffiti living
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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. — Hunter S. Thompson

Write fiction as journalism and journalism as fiction.

1) use scene by scene construction (write the story as a traditional narrative). You get your stories by hanging out, observing, not interviewing
2) use dialogue. It engages the reader and reveals character
3) 3rd person POV. Get inside their heads.
4) Record everything. 5 senses. Background noise. “get the name of the dog” (Recording Angel). The journalist shows they were there. Acts as witness and sometimes participant.
5) Deadline pressure: just start typing and print what comes out. From your head to the readers.

I was an outsider before I was a traveller. I was a traveller before I was a writer. I think one led to the other. — Paul Theroux


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