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 […]

Leaning Out Over the Abyss

“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.” (Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead.) When I sit with my clipboard to do research and to write notes in my favorite café, often  mopping at sweat from having recently climbed off my bike, trying not to hear the conversation from […]