One of the great ideas I come back to as a writer is Milan Kundera’s concept of the novel (and novelist) as posers of questions, not dispensers of answers.
Envy is a regular part of my life, and it’s a question of what to do with it.
Richard Fellinger is an award-winning short story writer and former journalist who teaches writing at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. His story collection, They Hover Over Us, won the 2011 […]
Writing poetry in general is one way to make sense of it all, to break up what is vast and essentially unknowable, into smaller, more digestible pieces.
Short fiction can do the same sort of thing longer fiction does, to imply mood or character and involve the reader, but you’ll find a sense of urgency in a good short story, regardless of what’s happening.
pay attention to your sentence-level writing. You really have to refine it in order to have control over the kind of compression that’s needed in flash.
A good host never gets in the way of the proceedings. AND SHOULD NEVER, EVER, SWEET MOTHER OF KENNY ROGERS, READ THEIR OWN WORK AT THEIR READING.
The novel’s not nearly as bleak as that might sound. It’s about grief, sure, but it’s really about overcoming grief and the arduous path to healing.
an essay and writing can be whatever you make of it. There’s no “correct” way to write. There are no standards of what an essay has to have in it or needs to achieve in order to be considered an essay. That an essay is never in final draft form, even if it’s published.
When crisis comes, we naturally want to build up and protect love above all.