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 […]

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 […]

How To Be Convincing: It’s All In The Details

Every story seeks, according to Emerson: the “invisible and imponderable.”  To get at the emotional truths that hide in shadows and lie buried under surfaces, to get at those hidden truths, adds Anthony Doerr (author of All The Light We Cannot See), writing in Four Seasons in Rome, “The reader first and foremost must be […]