In order to understand meaning in short fiction, you may also want to look back at "What is a Story, as Opposed to a Vignette?" whereby I attempt to define a short story, and "The Intersection of Pity & Fear: A Look at Endings in Short Fiction" where part of what I attempt to unravel … Continue reading What We Mean When We Talk About Meaning in Short Fiction
It has been several years ago now that I workshopped what I was then referring to as a "story" called "Barry Gibb is the Cutest Bee Gee" at the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop at Hollins University. I had whipped it out quite fast and at the last minute, as we are sometimes apt to do. But … Continue reading What is a Story, as Opposed to a Vignette?
There’s a certain grain of stupidity a writer of fiction can hardly do without, and this is the quality of having to stare, of not getting the point at once. The longer you look at one object, the more you see the world in it; and it’s well to remember that the serious fiction writer … Continue reading Seeing a Thing a Thousand Times: A Writing Prompt