As readers who have read about the way we write know, our process is nothing if not spontaneous. Sometimes they find it hard to believe we do not have any idea how our characters will come out of the comedy we weave them into. But I have found a piece of evidence of our process and I publish it here just as it was written from one to the other in 2008.
This is about as much planning as we ever do.
If you’ve read Writing is Easy (and if not why not?) you will remember Marcus and the fondue dinner where he rather disgraces himself.
Here is the note:
My researches into fondue tell me the following:
Considered romantic. Often Valentine’s Day etc. All cooked by eaters at the table top.
1 Cheese fondue; thick cheesey gunge with herbs etc for starter + bread, vegies, oysters etc
2 The meat or poultry. Two types. Traditional cooked in oil, or the more modern way cooked in stock and therefore much lighter for chicken etc. The oil method called Fondue Bourgigogne used for beef etc
Then a green salad
3 Chocolate for strawberries and other fruits like cantaloupe that cut into bits, even marshmallows
White wine required. They say need to keep drinking until fondue is digested. Quite a long time I should think. Can have Chinese tea if don’t want wine.
It is the kind of thing that becomes an orgy of gorging and spilling on the table. I think they will have table mats. The pots stand on little gas rings. They will have long metal fondue skewers.
Lots of room for excess esp Marcus, perhaps he will die of indigestion in the midst of his attempted murder.