Posts Tagged: fiction
Why do we incorporate our personal lives into works of fiction? And how do we know when to stop?
In a post for the New York Times‘s “Draft” series, “about the art and craft of writing,” Rumpus columnist Peter Orner recalls a long-ago event that his psyche can’t shake: as a child, he stole a pair of nice gloves from his father....more
“X—well, X is just failing. At taking vitamins. At fully committing himself to the idea of dental hygiene. At opening beer bottles and wine bottles and most bottles made of non-synthetic material. Give X something with a metal lid, and he’ll give it right back to you.”
Failure is front and center in Rumpus interviews editor Rebecca Rubenstein‘s new short story at Used Furniture Review....more
This is how I think of it: there’s a contract between you and the mystery. And the mystery is the thing that brings life to the work. But your part of the contract is that you have to be the plow mule, or the mystery won’t show up. It might not even show up if you do your work. There’s no guarantee....more
Rumpus essays editor Roxane Gay has a new story over at Joyland.
“The mother of my boyfriend’s youngest child called in the middle of the night. He was asleep, the heat from his body wrapping around us. I stared at the dark shadows of the ceiling fan lazily spinning above us....more
Bomblog’s Friday “Page Break” series “embraces long-form writing on the web by showcasing original works of fiction by emerging literary talents.” Today they feature Rumpus columnist Alina Simone’s “Late Bloomers,” which is excerpted from her novel-in-progress, Titillation Plus....more
“The problem with pulling this kind of thing the wrong way in a speculative-fiction story is that science fiction, fantasy, and horror don’t necessarily share mainstream fiction’s baseline expectations for how reality works, and it’s far too easy to leave audiences feeling cheated, annoyed, or just plain confused when the rules change abruptly, or were ill-defined in the first place.”...more
Happy sexin’ day, everyone!
Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy points us in the direction of another person calling some sort of fiction dead....more
A woman who claimed a novelist and former friend based the character of a sexually promiscuous alcoholic on her has won a $100,000 libel award from a Georgia jury....more
“The first worry writers have when they consider working with something like historical events has to do with the issue of authority: as in, where do I get off writing about that? Well, here’s the good and the bad news: where do you get off writing about anything? Where do you get off writing about someone of a different gender? A different person? Where do you get off writing about yourself, from twenty years ago?...more
I’ve always been a sucker for writing prompts, even though they have a way of sometimes being cheesy, forced, and ultimately silly. But recently I came across this interesting product, a paper-based prompt generator that would seem to strike the right balance of specific detail and vague suggestion....more
Mom’s weirdo daughter brings home her arty theater friends. Mom makes what she hopes are ductile acquiescent noises. Mom’s boyfriend doesn’t buy it. He wants the friends gone. Mom resists. Weirdo daughter and company put on a show. Daughter wants Mom’s attention (secretly, of course) but Mom, trying her best, still somehow fails her daughter’s test....more