Fast & Slow, but mostly Slow

Short prose be it fiction or nonfiction, is modulated for the reader between slow parts and fast parts. For obvious reasons, the slower parts allow for greater input of information and recall; we all tend to remember more when we slow down to pay attention, for example. Equally logical is …

Dr. Frankenstein

I write both nonfiction and fiction (and some poetry, and plays too). It’s not a boast; well, maybe just a little. I’ve just never thought of myself as solely one kind of writer. I was a journalist for fifteen years, a columnist, and I’ve written for radio, TV and the …

Venturing Out

Today I’m a writer at large, something not entirely organic to my introverted self, but one role which, from time to time, is required for sanity. Annie Dillard once told me — okay she told an audience of about three hundred people in Houston — that writers have to get …

Nubivagent

This morning on a desolate Atlantic sandbar peppered with gregarious pelicans, prehistoric stone and sand crabs, and ringed by looping ebullient dolphins in the blazing sun I reached down to my board short pocket, tugged the velcro strip open, and pulled out a small neon orange Rhodia notebook, and wrote …

If You Want My Advice

(or The Backward Completion Principle) Whenever I dispense writing advice (not be confused with teaching) I do so with pause. I hesitate because it’s all mostly bull-crap — I’m talking about the advice on “how” to write. There are conventions to be taught, and know, but getting yourself to the …