Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Ron Carlson Writes a Story" by Ron Carlson

These pages give solid advice. Go slowly. Stay in the concrete. The specific is your friend. And whatever you do, don't get up for coffee. A writer is the person who stays in the room.

In this book, Carlson explains, paragraph by paragraph, how he wrote the short story "The Governor's Ball." Every writer has a different creative process, but I really connected with Carlson's points and ideas about stories. The book is something that can be read in a single sitting, and returned to multiple times. I'm currently applying what I've learned to my in-progress dog-wash story.

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