3420 Day 8

Advice from Letters to a Fiction Writer that especially stands out to you

Workshop—meta story seems to have too much disjointedness in the voice thus far…makes me think of Night on Earth or Scorsese’s After Hours…(good movies to watch for more indie spontaneity)


Touchstones and Warp & Weave cont.—take us to a favorite section/paragraph/image/word…take us to a least favorite…


Style and Workshopping—15-20 min. each!

Focus today on Tension and Transparent Realism vs. clichés (dead metaphors)






Style!  Which is also seen in each writerly/art movement through the last 200 years…






Old Notes:

The need for the one thing more (Frost said a "poem is about one thing, and one thing more" which applies to literary fiction as well, and I think all fiction)

...in other words, "What's at Stake?" (see What If)...how do you write a happy story with tension?

Setting as character--the need to really flesh your worlds, have a stronger sense of place (What If "The Terrain of your Story," "Faraway Places," "Places without People)

The problem of young narrators (naive and young, that is...young narrators can be very sophisticated--see Nick Lake's In Darkness)



Prose Vocabulary: mimesis, ones twosy writing, The Fantastic, Affective Reader Response reading for workshops

1. Writing kid voices--risky and challenging (how does one show insight and naiveté?).
2. Keeping voice consistent and modulated.
3. Some Children's and Young Adult works can I tell how old the characters are?  Where does my belief break down and why?
4. Fantasy sub-genres, character advice and other cool advice (even a name generator you can download!); a parody of the codes (we can still learn from, and learn about clichés from)...
7. Dialogue and internal monologue
8. Grammar du jour: onesy-twosy writing; pony at bottom of shit pile (gordon lish day!); uber narrators who control the tone vs. 3rd limited POV; 

Lee's Lecture Notes:
1. Rosellen Brown p. 98--our characters should be as complex as ourselves; p. 101-02 today's failed piece might be tomorrow's success
2. More on dialogue...?

3. Gardner--what parts don't deliver (LTFW p. 157)