Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Why We Tell Stories (And Why It Matters)

“Human beings,” Steve Almond reminds us (in his new book, William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life: Bookmarked) “are a storytelling species. Stories are how we construct ourselves and pluck meaning from the rush of experience.” Okay, nothing startling there. But in today’s world of  Fake Stories amid the barrage of algorithm-driven distractions […]

Intuition: A Rediscovery

Writing is a process of discovery. Often, what the novitiate discovers, is how nearly impossible it is to tell a good story, though you burn with the fire of raw experience in need of a story. The master practitioner of the craft risks substituting technique for an intuitive engagement with the subject. How to get […]