Discovery

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert Acting is discovering who we are.

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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…

“Fishing in the swamp”

This post, at The Living Notebook gave me the title and the impetus to write on this subject here. The line comes from Hemingway and TLN – I'm sorry, but the blog appears to be anonymous and I don't have the writer's name… – uses it to weave a connection between two approaches to writing. … Continue reading “Fishing in the swamp”

Writing, a journey into sound…

Dear Mr. – It comes down to the meaning of ‘needless.’ Often a word can be removed without destroying the structure of a sentence, but that does not necessarily mean that the word is needless or that the sentence has gained by its removal. If you were to put a narrow construction on the word … Continue reading Writing, a journey into sound…

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…

Dark Mountain 2 Anthology

An excerpt from my novel, Shoal Hope, in the Dark Mountain 2 Anthology Cover Illustration by Rima Staines The concluding paragraph of its review in The Ecologist. Dark Mountain Issue 2 is one of the most unique environmental books out there – part dystopian poetry along the lines of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road; part post-apocalyptic … Continue reading Dark Mountain 2 Anthology