Gillian Flynn’s AMA

gillian-flynnI had another blog post planned for today about being a part-time creative, but that will have to wait until next week, because the most glorious thing ever happened today: Gillian Flynn gave an AMA. You know I’m in love with Gillian Flynn and every word that springs from her brain to her fingertips to her page. If you know me at all, you know this. The brilliance of Gone Girl was the final push of inspiration I needed to finally get back to novel writing, and I will never forget that. I admire herΒ use of painfully flawed female characters, her love for utterly unlikable people, her twisty (and twisted) plots, and her understanding of the value ofΒ entertainment. Flynn is a master of psychological thrillers and has found ways to explore fucked up shit in a way that feels new and profoundly personal. I tend to compare her debut novel, Sharp Objects, to everything I analyze or talk about. The woman bewitches me!

With the impending Gone Girl film coming out this October (directed by David Fincher and written by Flynn herself), she was smartly scheduled for an AMA on Reddit today. Some of the stuff she said was so great and so true that I decided to share my favorite bits on my blog here. The most important thing we learned from Flynn’s AMA is that the 3rd act of the film is NOT as drastically changed from the book as everyone has been saying. She states that, “those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” She also gives excellent writing tips and encouragement, along with some great words about the differences between writing scripts and novels (all very relevant to my life). Also, learn more after the jump about upcoming movie adaptations, books she digs, AND what she has slated for her next writing projects! It was a great AMA!

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On her writing process, and the process of writing in general:

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On getting her debut, Sharp Objects, published:

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On the Sharp Objects movie in the works:

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Some interesting tidbits on early incarnations of Gone Girl:

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On books she loves:

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On future writing projects:

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Check out the entire AMA here, and enjoy!


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