The Failure of the Intended Story

There’s always a point in a story where the triggering idea (what makes me want to start a story)  falls flat. It’s time to improvise and  generate material within the story. At this point I can’t think of what to do.  There is a  wobbly line inside my head that says this is a viable story  and this wobby line intersects with a hidden line  (but much sturdier line) that saysthis not a viable story, but you can’t write in the first place.   I beat my h ead against the wall, and eventually, magically, improvisation happens.   In a sense, the failure of the intended story guarantees the success of the final story.

I told this to Yuki Zalcow ( when he interviewed me for The Rumpus

This intrigued Yuvi and eventually he added his own alchemy and made a video about the failure of the intended story.  Thanks Yuvi!

The Failure of the Intended Story (with Thaisa Frank) – YouTube

Thanks, Yuvi.


(The interview is at (

3 thoughts on “The Failure of the Intended Story

  1. Jan

    Great ivw, funny, real.
    Thaisa, I first read you in a book rvw you were doing for another book.
    I liked the rvw, but wasn’t much into the book when I went to read it.
    I realized that it was actually YOUR WRITING that I liked,
    that made me want to read the book (which I finally didn’t).
    And then I became a fan.

    I also like what you say in this blog about the hidden line that says you can’t write in the first place….. and then, improvisation happens.
    Such a succinct description of creativity.
    I write, but I also design gardens, and it’s the same thing, every single time.
    Can’t do it, what was I thinking? how do I get out of this? I don’t know what I’m doing…….
    and you pay attention and you honor the signs and you ride it through, stay with it, and something resolves. New art magically reveals itself.

    Thank you for doing what you do.
    Jan Buckwald

    1. thaisafrank Post author


      Thanks so much for your comment. I haven’t been on my own blog for
      a while and am going to start posting again. Thanks so much
      for the nice comments.



  2. thaisafrank Post author

    Jan–just sent you e-mail since I haven’t checked this for a long time. As I said, I think gardens, like stories, have mines of their own. Thanks again….Thaisa


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