For the last week or so I’ve been tinkering around with Scrivener, “a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.” I first learned of it from stalking a fellow writer’s Twitter feed — she mentioned going back to this mysterious Scrivener after trying to… Continue reading Scrivener
So many good things in this James Salter interview. On writers and traveling: There is no situation like the open road, and seeing things completely afresh. I’m used to traveling. It’s not a question of meeting or seeing new faces particularly, or hearing new stories, but of looking at life in a different way. It’s… Continue reading James Salter Interview (Paris Review)
The Real: Nothing Has Changed about Me While You Were Gone No One Noticed What She Always Wanted The Sad Detective’s Secretary The Music Teacher’s Tragedy: A Joke … The Unreal: We Creatures Red and Grandma Inside the Wolf Familiar The Monster Snow Day The Arctic Wolves of Hans Schaller …
I had a sudden flash of insight — about why one of my longer projects isn’t working. It’s because I’ve imagined a safe ending for the character. In my mind, because I identify with her character, I have envisioned a place she’s thinking and feeling from, and that place is safe. I really wanted a… Continue reading Flash of insight — no safe endings
It takes me years, sometimes, to find the best way to write a story. I felt guilty about it for a long time but recently I’ve just accepted this is the way I work. I start a lot of stories and with most of them I hit a wall at a certain point — something’s… Continue reading Revision
Interesting bit from Indiana Review’s interview with poet Vievee Francis: RL: Can you talk a little bit about your theory about writers? You were saying a little bit yesterday that you feel that all writers write because at some point they weren’t heard. Can you talk about that a little? VF: Well, I probably shouldn’t have said all,… Continue reading Making ourselves heard
“Tolkien, like C.S. Lewis, like George MacDonald, found in the desire of fantasy a correspondence to the yearning for the world of the spirit.” –Fantastic Literature, a critical reader, ed. David Sandner I need this reader.