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What Would You Do If You Were Freed of Circumstance?

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The latest Glimmer Train bulletin is now available.

I love this piece featured from Lydia Fitzpatrick, “Characters, Unfettered,” where an interview with Brad Watson leads to deep insight. Here’s a brief excerpt:

The central idea for the [Brad's] novella had evolved … in order to study “where the human imagination takes a human life when unfettered by unexpected circumstances.”

OK, I thought, interesting. I sent the interview off to the editor. I ate some ramen. Lived my life. But this idea kept coming back to me. While I walked my dog (pathetically fettered as I am), or stared at the hot bar at the Piggly Wiggly, or refreshed my Facebook news feed. What would my life be, if I freed it of circumstance?

Find out Lydia’s answer, and start thinking about your own.

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2 Responses to What Would You Do If You Were Freed of Circumstance?

  1. I just spent a month, alone, writing, at the beach… "unfettered" by life’s usual responsibilities. It was possibly the most amazing month of my life, and I wrote 12 chapters of my novel-in-progress. When I returned home this past weekend, a deep depression hit me. I found myself pushing against the tide that was sweeping me back into errands and meetings and Christmas shopping and laundry and, well, responsibilities to the family and community to which I belong. Now I’m wondering if my characters felt unfettered when I was writing their stories at the beach, and if they will feel restrained as I continue to write from my busy "normal" life. I’ll be keeping my eye on them.

  2. Mary Pax says:

    Interesting idea. Now you have me pondering …

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