You can read short stories. You can read critiques of short stories. But rarely does a reader get a chance to go inside an author’s mind – to find out what they are thinking and doing when they sit down at the computer to write. This is what makes this collection so innovative and inspiring.
It is a gift for aspiring writers, and all thanks and gratitude must go to independent publisher, Spineless Wonders, for producing it.
There are numerous gems to be gleaned here. Writer Claire Aman explains her ‘notebook’ method, where eclectic thoughts and ideas are recorded and synthesized before any writing of story takes place. (It’s as if my subconscious needs to be fed before it will throw me a plot.)
Michael Giacometti’s essay ranges from discussing the important of the first sentence (It is a boxer putting you on your arse with the first punch) to his haphazard process (The ‘rough’ is my method) and the ethics of writing from the indigenous perspective.
Ultimately, this is a reassuring read. Writing is not magic. Writers do not sit down and have the words flow out of them. What these authors show is that writing is a process. It is hard work. It is full of self-doubt and interrogation.
But, as this collection shows, the end product is worth it.
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About the Author
Julie Chevalier is a poet and short story writer. She grew up in New Jersey and went to St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, and now lives in Sydney. Bronwyn Mehan is a poet and fiction writer, and runs Spineless Wonders. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 326 KB
- Print Length : 210 pages
- Publisher : Spineless Wonders (28 October 2014)
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- ASIN : B07N2D7CM2
- Language: : English
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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A must-read for aspiring writersReviewed in the United States on 9 May 2015