Dog, Plane, Old Lady

What's Your Story and Who Cares?  Framework for posts from Fall of 2009.

"We read five words on the first page [...] and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images--a dog hunting through garbage cans, a plane circling above Alaskan mountains, an old lady furtively licking her napkin at a party.  We slip into a dream, forgetting the room we're sitting in, forgetting it's lunchtime or time to go to work.  We recreate [...] the vivid and continuous dream the writer worked out [...] so that other human beings, whenever they feel like, may open his book and dream that dream again."

John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist