Of course, after pointing out my fear of failure, I run across this quote:
Inventing Alice’s adventures “as we go along”: the truth is unbelievable. That Alice’s fall and explorations, her encounters and her discoveries, the syllogism and puns and wise jokes, should, in all of their fantastic and coherent development, have been made up then and there, in the telling, seems almost impossible.
– Alberto Manguel in “Return to Wonderland”
The Threepenny Review, Summer11
But it’s true.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was created on the spot by Charles Dodgson to amuse his daughters—he didn’t write a word of it down until later that evening. Read the whole back story in the mag. It’s great.