Category: fiction

The ‘situation’ is what’s unfolding

Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism; detail from book cover

There is never not a crisis. Sometimes our crises just feel less prominent. A perturbation is a situation in which you have to make a conscious choice to act differently.

Unnamed feelings

For writers and artists, feelings play a big role in what motivates us to create, and they are also important for the characters we create. Many feelings are hard to spot and to name. Exploring them can yield rewards. “Odd Emotions,” an article by…

‘Double vision’ in ‘Make Your Home Among Strangers’

In her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jennine CapĆ³ Crucet presents a young woman protagonist who is developing a sense of self. She perceives herself as relatively accomplished, as, while teen pregnancies seem to be the norm in her family and high school…

‘I Didn’t Break The Lamp’ is out!

The story “Exit Interview” took years to develop in my imagination. I’m glad to be able finally to share it.

Your characters’ memories and perception of time

How can you portray time as coming toward a person or as a person as moving through time?

How rapidly do events happen within your character’s timeline and how do they perceive that speed?

How does your character perceive and remember a sequence of rapid-fire events?

When the truth is revealed, does your character give up their false memories and false narratives?