Michael Ondaatje on Writing

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 14.46.37The great Michael Ondaatje on writing. Well worth watching. I love his image of writing a novel being like holding 35 things while getting to the elevator. Also, how writing is discovery.  He is interested in finding out about something, through the characters and the time period; how he is interested in not relying on one voice, that in his later books 3 or 4 people who are not related who become a family by the situation. “It’s a community, as opposed to one voice.”

Michael Ondaatje | Louisiana Channel.

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About Sandra Jensen

I am a writer. I live with my partner, David Crean and my foundling cat, Rónán. I have over 40 short story and flash fiction publications, including in: World Literature Today, The Irish Times, Descant, AGNI, The Fiddlehead and others. My work has received a number of awards including the 2012 bosque Fiction Competition and the 2011 J.G. Farrell award for best novel-in-progress.. I have been awarded Professional Writer’s Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Arts Council of Ireland and Arts Council England. The novel I am working on, Ten Virtuous Acts, is a literary adventure set in Sri Lanka during the civil war. I administer the In Memory of Vučko and AWABosnia websites, raising awareness and funds to stop animal suffering in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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