„Klönne writes sophisticated language with apparent ease.”

NORDWESTRADIO

on writing

Writing – like every creative activity – is a process full of miracles. And hard work. Literary writing is a question of invention, a game of “what if”. That calls for peace, concentration, discipline, skill and plenty of trust in the power of imagination. Sometimes music helps too. Or a spot of jogging.

I write most of my texts on the computer. When I’m developing or editing ideas I like to do it by hand, in fountain pen or a pencil. And I rarely leave home without a notebook.

Distance and closeness

On a purely practical level, my working day starts in the morning, when I go over the pages I wrote the day before. Usually, that means cutting. I write chronologically, scene by scene, about four to five manuscript pages a day. The plot of every novel is developed all the way through beforehand, as are the characters’ biographies. I also finish most of my research before I start writing.

But sometimes everything is different; then I get stuck, start brooding over my work, can’t sleep well or at all. Then I get up again in the middle of the night and go back to my study. In these phases I’m always looking for something: a link, a piece of the jigsaw, the right tone. I flick through my manuscript, note down ideas, reject them again – until the block lifts or the puzzle is solved and I can get back to writing.

I tell my stories strictly from the perspectives of my main characters, so I stay on their eye level as I write. Every character has their own language, their own style, their own motivation, which I make my own during my writing.

And then it’s just as important to be a distanced and strict director when I take care of the tension, the overall concept, the literary style and all the other factors that make a series of scenes into a well-rounded novel.