The Narrator’s Place

Recent notes from my editor. He begins by quoting from the first chapter, No-one talks. Joe C puts no more thought into maneuvering between the moored craft than he would crossing from his table to his sink in his own kitchen. Sammy and Josey recline on the front of the massive heap of netting, smoking. … Continue reading The Narrator’s Place

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The Responsibility of Fiction?

Hiding in Utopias or generating the hell-on-earth of dystopia leave the responsibility of fiction as an opportunity not taken. To escape into wish-fulfillment or create blueprints for further horrors are not our only choices. It is possible to use fiction's powers not re-actively; but as a way to bring new possibilities into consciousness. Story is … Continue reading The Responsibility of Fiction?

Introducing November, a mystery…

This new novel is beginning to come together. It is a departure from Shoal Hope and my previous work. It is an exploration of the intertwining mysteries of writing, action, and how we puzzle out what to do in face of a future we cannot predict. Here is a short excerpt: Snow fell. Like in … Continue reading Introducing November, a mystery…

Inspiration and Accumulation

JDG: I wonder if you could say more about how you see this process of how smaller stories grow into a larger, coherent narrative? SB: I’m not sure it can be very simply defined. But to me it’s predominantly about inspiration, and a process of accumulation. This exchange comes from Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard's interview with … Continue reading Inspiration and Accumulation

Writing Embodiment, When the point is not escape…

We all know what fiction is. What it's for. Fiction is a story with an arc. We start here and bad shit happens and we end up there. Either the hero triumphs and it's a comedy or a drama, or the hero fails and its either comedy or tragedy. We want a novel to draw … Continue reading Writing Embodiment, When the point is not escape…

Write without disappointment

I've written about the role of disappointment in my own life and the way understanding this was the key to breaking free of anxiety. In a recent conversation on writing I was brought to the point of considering how an attitude with or without disappointment as a background condition would affect whether one's writing opened … Continue reading Write without disappointment

A conversation on Fiction, or a fictional conversation…

Have you ever wished, after a good long talk, you had thought to record it? There's a specific quality to the way we express ourselves in conversation, to the spacing and timing of what gets said, when, and how. In fiction it is always a wonder to read a conversation and have it ring true. … Continue reading A conversation on Fiction, or a fictional conversation…

A few thoughts on plot…

It's dawned on me that along with providing me with a space to feature my writing this can be a place to put my writing about writing! This will be the first such post. In a recent online conversation with colleagues in England and Ireland, I found myself saying something about our expectations that our … Continue reading A few thoughts on plot…