Posts Tagged: brevity
Over at Brevity’s nonfiction blog, author Janice Gary talks about how to structure a nonfiction story:
Fiction writers start with nothing and create a world. Memoirists start with an entire universe that already exists. We are more like sculptors than painters, relying on the advice of Michelangelo, who supposedly said he made the statue of David by taking away everything in the stone that was not David.
Maybe we should think of memory itself as an art form … and remember that a work of art is never finished, only abandoned.
Brevity’s nonfiction blog has posted an overview of John Koenig’s exquisite The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows....more
Revision, as classically understood, generally relates to the poet’s understanding while composing a poem, via kneading language, via discovering insight. More and more though I find that sort of revision is only part of the problem, if it is a problem....more
It’s been awhile since I’ve been a-Rumpusing, but I got this email from the talented Ashley Bethard thanking me for including her in an old Here Are Some Stories I Like link list, and I got to thinking about how much I loved doing those, so I asked Isaac if I could do them again, and he said yes....more
“In truth, memory’s great betrayal, that it will not lie intact in wait for us, is lament enough to revisit in every generation. This is what I go to nonfiction for, the way we pick at the scab, poke our finger in the wound of memory’s fickle and existential transience, and the inconvenience of our desire to make things whole and right.”
At Brevity, Liz Stephens reflects on fact and nonfiction, articulating her loss of trust in John D’Agata’s narrative nonfiction, which she examines by way of a contrast to David Shields’ Reality Hunger, and none other than Cheryl Strayed’s “The Love of My Life.”...more
Dinty W. Moore, an editor at Brevity and the anthology Best Creative Nonfiction, is interviewed by Matador Notebook on writers. He makes some interesting and useful points about the ever-branching taxonomy of specialized writers:
“But when these labels become barbed-wire fences, no one is served....more
A couple weeks ago, I linked to a bunch of very short stories — stories that were superbly written but that only took a few moments to read.
People seemed to like that, so today, I’m doing the same thing with essays:
“There is a hole in the ozone layer but they say not to worry though the sheep who bear unfiltered light have milky eyes.” — At elimae, “Dark Energy” by A’Dora Phillips....more
Junot Diaz, winner of the Pulitzer for my favorite book of the last few years The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, has written a pretty inspiring tale of frustration and perseverance in O Magazine about the process of writing his novel....more