Always a step behind

I. Am. So. Dumb. Three semesters into a nonfiction MFA I’m still having things fall into place which I should have already figured out. Last semester I started kind of writing anything at all, since my word count was so low and I was still so unfocused with my thesis.  One of the things I wrote about was going to […]

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Yesssssssssss!

I sent a ranting email to my Goucher mentor about my feelings on categories of writing and how my brain is going to explode over the issue. God bless her – she told me to write stories.  Basically write stories however. And I replied that that is exactly what I want to do.  Phew.  Now I can dig into my […]

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A score for a book?

It occurred to me – is there a way in writing to reproduce the effect of a movie score?  For instance, the harmonica tune that floats through “Midnight Cowboy”; the movie wouldn’t be the same without that.  It doesn’t really impact the plot.  It enhances the viewer’s experience of the story.  So is there a way to achieve the same […]

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What makes a good story?

In my effort to write stories rather than just articles, I have taken to watching movies – the best movies, my favorites – to study what makes a good story.  I haven’t yet deliberately taken notes, but I think I should start doing that.  I rent movies on amazon.com, and most recently re-watched 127 Hours.  I just finished re-watching Man […]

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The dark caves of Houston

My first post-residency entry will be about my first assignment.  There’s so much to say about my time at Goucher – what I did there (and didn’t do), whom I met, how the faculty was, and more.  It will all come eventually, once I get my thoughts and work organized.  But the first entry will be about my first assignment. […]

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