Fourteen Hills interviews Jill Tidman, winner of the Bambi Holmes Award, 15.2 Contributor
Read the entire interview on our website. Here's some highlights from the interview:
14H: How do you know when you’re reading something really, really effing great?
JT: For me, when I read the sentence three or four times before I can move on. Often, for me, it's about how people put words together, I almost can’t see the story until I’ve really seen the sentences first. I look at it through that angle and then I have to let go of the sentence structure and get into the story line.
14H: What are you working on now?
JT: Well, I did that write 50,000 words in a month thing.
14H: What was that experience like?
JT: It was crazy. I decided to write on a typewriter so I couldn’t erase anything which was liberating because I often, I mean, I can’t really move on to another page, until one page is really set. With this experiment, because of the quantity over quality aspect of it, if something wasn’t going right I just kept [writing]. I was so unattached to the outcome, and that was fantastic. The story starts in a restaurant, during a conversation over dinner.
14H: Have you gone back to it?
JT: I let it rest, and then figuring how to get it into the computer was a really nice way to review it... I didn’t have to retype all of it. I probably salvaged about two percent of each page. I was able to pull the stuff that felt like there was something to work from, so I’m stuck piecing it together, it’s fun, it’s just a new way to generate material, I guess.
14H: Is that important, to find new ways to to generate and reenter your work?
JT: Sometimes. Yes, because life gets in the way. I have a full time job, and lots of distractions it feels. If I don’t have something that’s really tugging at me, I can easily fall out of the habit so this is definitely a trick.
More from this interview on our site!
An interview with Jill Tidman by Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review fiction editor Fernando Pujals
Check out Jill Tidman's story in issue 15.2 of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Issue 15.2 is virtually sold out, but we may be able to scrounge up a few copies if you contact us.
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