Some Attempts at Re(definition): Vulnerability

February 15, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. – Vulnerability: the real author’s stakes in the implied author I usually take the first week of Intro to Fiction workshops to discuss vulnerability, which is key both to good writing and to good workshopping. ...

Some Attempts at (Re)Definition: Believability

February 09, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. - Believability: the differences and similarities between various characters’ expectations One of the most distracting conversations in workshop occurs in the name of “believability.” “It’s not believable,” ...

Some Attempts at (Re)definition: Relatability

February 01, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. - Relatability: is it clear how the implied author is presenting the characters Relatability, as it is usually spoken of, is useless to craft. When students say a character is “relatable,” they mean that they are ...

Some Attempts at (Re)Definition: Characterization

January 25, 2019

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. – Characterization: what makes the character different from everyone else One of my favorite exercises for characterization is taken from Danzy Senna: start a series of sentences about the same character with ...