Growing In Fiction

Writers, how many others like you do you know who resist publishing, not wanting  to see their creations criticized? Further, how many have you known who don’t want editing help, even when it’s offered at bargain basement prices, or even for free? Know anyone who won’t join a critique group because, well, no one there will see…

The First Person Peripheral Narrator

    There are many ways to tell a story, and David Guterson, in his novel, The Other, chose a method Scott Fitzgerald made famous, in which a secondary character in the story tells the tale. It’s a clever ploy, but can be difficult to pull off: the reader gets this person’s slant on the…

Honesty In Memoir

A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway image via thehemingwayproject.com   I hadn’t given this book a read in many years, and so after reading Hemingway’s Boat, I decided to take it on again. It’s funny, but it was as if I had never read it the first time. I think that as a writer and…

Why Write Fiction?

The featured article in the latest issue of Writer's Chronicle magazine – and here I resist a digression – makes a statement, in the context of creative writing programs, with which a heartily agree: "Whatever shortcomings may arise when creative activity is institutionalized…creative writing programs at their best have promoted the public good by sharpening…

The Perils of Paris

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain   This is an important book – deeply researched and near-perfectly written. Were it not about a subject I know well – Ernest Hemingway, his early years in Paris with the likes of Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, Scot and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound, I wouldn’t have noticed…

Guess The Line #10

Excellent famous line guy, Ross Goldstein, nailed yesterday's line, too. From The Great Gatsby, of course, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today's line will be the last in this series..at least for a while. Let me know what you think of these literary teasers, and if the response is positive, well, there are a lot more…