When I began writing my novel DUBROVNIK a simple plot evolved. Having worked and lived in Dubrovnik, Croatia, studying the Croat culture, I understood many of the historical complications involved in displaying their small piece of earth. Gathering geographical and cultural information was easy. Romancing the locals in detailing historical and present Croatian ethics was difficult.
My story was to be realistic fiction, simple and presentable, a picturesque novel of small proportions that mostly included petite clips of topography and personalities, and imbued with plot twists that would harness the interest of readers. Keeping the dialog concise wasn’t a problem, knowing the fast-paced story would maintain focus. Hemingway journalistic writing techniques came to mind. I'd use word economy and understatements, as well as limiting literary heavy equipment. However, since I had delved in to a few personal Croat lives I became lost in the front lines of the Croatian war against the Serbians; neighbors against neighbors, relatives fighting relatives, and friends undermining friends.
The resulting novel is of enormous emotional complexity where love-hate factors come into play. Croatia is a magnificent country with cultural heritage that spans over two thousand years. How was I going to include such depth and intricate behavior of hundreds of generations of multi-racial ethnic groups? I wasn’t!
After learning a few of the Croatian moral principles, their urban values and the younger generation ideology, I moved forward with a simple approach to developing DUBROVNIK. The issues of friends, neighbors, hate, love, peace and war were reoccurring subjects among the Croats, as well as foreign interference. Two historical families elicited attention; the feud that tore the families apart, the loves that drove them crazy, the hatred they experienced together and the offering of outside help for resolution. I threw all that potency into a blender with the wrath of civil war, killing the enemy at any cost while protecting Croatian heritage and divided all that in to realistic fiction. What unfolded was an exemplary page turner titled DUBROVNIK. And, it turned out not to be a simple plot, but a hot plot as you might imagine.
Becoming a Hemingway or any other literary icon wasn’t forthcoming with this story. However, becoming a widely read author showcasing my writing skills of real-life energy would be great.
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