4420 Day 6
Workshop stories?
Look at some of your Ex. 3 Mininovel outlines

Automatic Writing—or how to avoid Automatic Writing

Lee’s Automatic Writing Sample (Ex. 4)

For this free association assignment, I started by choosing interesting and random phrases from the NYtimes.com headlines:

Then I started writing one phrase at a time.  When I felt myself writing a second, related sentence, I shifted to something more random by writing any letter of the alphabet and coming up with a word from my own free associating brain that would take me in a much less predictable direction.  This was very hard to do!  Eventually I added all of the NYTimes.com phrases in which can also be a way of writing more randomly.  The assignment also tells us not to worry about grammar because that stops our free associating.
you’re all artists now, he said to the clouds, to the air. Lucite screeches from the side of horse hides around the room.  Men try to enter.  A cloud floats by.  Cats fly through the air, at least in his mind. Water pours from a faucet somewhere.  It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere.  Lets have a drink. Car comercials.  He can’t think of much else. a perfume ad floats by. Zoolander isn’t about Zoos or animals. Peace will never happen.  That’s his life now.  Outside on a gurney. Medium rare if you’re lucky.  Why not, he says.  No, no one will ever care enough.  A blast.  A spaceship falls through the atmosphere.  Luck isn’t available anymore, not for them. The astronaught floats. A flying carpet. Copper coins. Prince sings a song.  There are too many babies here.  He doesn’t think this, though.  Apple fritters.  She never wants one. the pope offers absolution to migrants. Two black women get married in Alabama.  there are no wedding dresses they like.  If Frued were here now,forever here, he would laugh.  the unconscioushas inverted.


    1. Her book draws us forward—what will happen next to Henri?  When will his innocence be shaken? 
      1. the brothel?
      2. villanelle?
      3. he certainly does change which novels are supposedly supposed to show…characters change, or the reader feels a certain pointlessness (supposedly)
    2. Some postmodern concerns with power that’s run amuck (Napoleon, Villanelle’s lover; the insane asylum)
    3. fragmented character—Henri ends up being mad, but he also has a young idealist self in the first section (but for how long?)
    4. The Marvelous?  Or Magical Realism (Remedios the Beauty in One Hundred Years of Solitude p.255)?
    5. Maximalism (not minimalism)
    6. Literature of exhaustion?  No
      1. ironies, yes, parody, not so much
      2. but Winterson isn’t doing a story about middle class people doing realistic middle class things
    7. POV and two voices
      1. Henri
      2. Villanelle
    8. structure—4 act restorative?



4420 Day 7
Two stories about parental rants: Deshell's "Father" and Kincaid's "Girl"--what tells us about the speakers? what about their relationship with their children? what might Freud say about them? What tells us about the scene(s)? How much compression and use of gaps are there? What is the one thing more?
My lecture about non-fiction and the deeper subject for fiction...
Looked at one of your RR1's...600 word minimum; spot quotes, writerly analysis of techniques that seem to teach you something or philosophies that help you write, speculation about what is being implied via close reading...
Brainstorm Post Card Stories
Inciting Moment

Complication/Rising Action/Tension

Epiphany/Crisis/Turning Point/Point of no Return


Robert Coover on Reading: Arch. p. 32--innovative writers read it all.
Lit. of Exhaustion--what we can't write certain stories anymore; why parody is a more innovative form of writing (or Irony, from Frye's Mythos of Winter)
Look at narrative, post card story structure from previous class
1. Prose/fiction vocabulary to know.
2. Commenting on workshop stories..
My lecture notes on Workshop Questions for texts of Pleasure and Bliss...
Language Poetry from Poetry.org; Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons--Roastbeef; Cup vs. middle class mediocrity? Mary Higgins Clark
Winterson's The Passion combining both pleasure and bliss, traditions and innovations: a narrator who gets meta--trust me, I'm telling you stories (but then we can't trust him); historical fiction that doesn't focus on the expected protagonist, Napoleon; magical realism with Villanelle's heart;