When I went to college to learn the craft of fiction, the prevailing attitude was that the short story was a stepping stone to the novel. The short story was where the young writer could serve out her clumsy apprenticeship in the sandbox making mud pies until sufficiently skilled to create the multi-tiered cake of … Continue reading Failed Novel, Anyone?
And here I thought I had this verisimilitude thing down. I even remember Tony Ardizzone's lecture on it from the first fiction workshop I took with him at Old Dominion University. (Never mind how long ago that was.) For straight realistic fiction to engage the reader, it needs to be like real life, to suggest … Continue reading The Chet Arthur Five Play Jeffersonville: Some Thoughts on Verisimilitude