Story, Not Information: Making Shapely Fiction

Shapely FictionI was looking for a primer on the elements of fiction to help Henry with his English homework, when I ran across Making Shapely Fiction by the late Jerome Stern of Florida State University’s creative writing program. This is one of those read-worn books I forget about but end up running across about twice a year, pull off the shelf, and curl up with. It’s always a pleasure to re-discover it. Continue reading

Submission, Rejection & Publication: It’s Autumn!

The Rotunda of James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, Connecticut ©2013 by April Bradley

The Rotunda of James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, Connecticut ©2013 by April Bradley

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The Habit of Writing: More Than Carefully Arranging Words

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I don’t write new work every day, but I’m constantly at work on my writing, no matter what type of writing it is–and it’s mostly revision. An essential feature of my approach to writing is mental work and engagement.  What I want to touch on today has to do with the routine or habit of writing, and in particular, writing fiction. Continue reading

Wordle Frequency & Frobisher

Remember the novelist, Frobisher, in David Lodge’s Small World (1984) whose favorite word turns out to be grease and all variant forms? This, along with some other facts about his style, paralyzes him from writing. It’s a shocking thing to discover which words we latch onto.

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This Is A Work Of Fiction

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Various friends have read and commented on versions of a short story that began in September last and grew into something entirely different over the six months of its evolution. No one yet has had the nerve to tell me that it’s pap and ought never to see the light of day. They’re leaving that happy task up to the journals. However, one question each reader asked with a sense of astonishment is, Did you really do this?

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