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Tag Archives: Alice Munro
Isn’t it a little coarse to go and bang on the drums just because the doorbell is ringing?
I acted in a student film once and afterwards, at the wrap party in a fusty house at the top of town, I rode an office chair down the hill, flying across the junction at the bottom, ramming the pavement … Continue reading
Posted in Essay Tagged advice, Alice Munro, Creative writing, editing, Gabriela Blandy, how to write, short story, Writing, writing advice, Writing process 7 Comments
That tightrope moment in writing when stories either plummet or remain
Any story that’s going to be any good is usually going to change. I’ve been reading Alice Munro again. There was a point when I suddenly became afraid of the day I’d read all her stories and no more were … Continue reading
Posted in Essay, Memoir Tagged Alice Munro, Creative writing, editing, Fiction, Gabriela Blandy, how to write, Memoir, Review, short story, Writing, writing advice 25 Comments
Shouldn’t I be able to use all my published books as furniture by now?
I have recently been on a hunt for Alice Munro. When I reached the Canadian border the other week, a lady in the passport control booth asked me where I was heading. Goderich, I told her, grinning ludicrously about … Continue reading
Posted in Essay, Memoir, Travel Tagged Alice Munro, Gabriela, Gabriela Blandy, How to, Natalie Goldberg, sense of a journey, short story, Writing 43 Comments
Don’t let fear keep you tied up
My trip is over. It’s hard to return from travelling, shifting from spontaneous movement back into a more fixed routine. But it’s a treat to know how much I’ve been missed. Thank you followers for all your wonderful messages! … Continue reading
Posted in Memoir, Travel Tagged Adventure, Alice Munro, Brazil, Canada, Creative writing, Gabriela Blandy, how to write, Lake Huron, life, Memoir, New York, Photography, Travel, Workshops, Writers Resources, Writing process 49 Comments
Throwing away material without a sense of failure
When I finished my Masters in Creative Writing, three agents wanted to meet and talk about my novel. I remember thinking: I’ve made it! Despite being tongue-tied in one interview, turning up a week early for another, and being paranoid … Continue reading