We take notes during a workshop in order to remember but also in order to appear grateful and interested. Sometimes these notes mean nothing.
Up is good, down is bad
Black is good, white is nothing
“The oldest story of all is replacement. Life goes on without us” –Buzz
“Youthful what-nots that you like so much” –Rus
You want your story to be about Chicago but you’ve never been
Make her a tourist.
Can’t be married to the reality
Must make fiction out of reality
Might have to cut out all the reality
Western literature is about redemption
“Guardedly dispassionate” –Joel
Try to sound interesting, produce cliché.
Interiority leads to conflict (irony).