Notes in February 2018

This month, in reading about writing, I’m dipping into an old Paris Review collection of interviews. Earlier this month I posted my thoughts about Lane Shefter Bishop’s Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence.

In writing about writing, I am making notes about my experience juggling the voices of seven characters, as I approach the final stages of revising a book-length manuscript.

In reading, I have just finished Alaa Al Aswany’s The Automobile Club of Egypt, translated by Russell Harris, which begins with a pair of characters insisting that their author give them an opportunity to add new information to their story.

And, in writing, I have started a new story because this kind of short work fits well with what’s required for the novel revision underway.

February 20, 2018

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The end of February was fresh, clear and transparent as glass.
Aharon Appelfeld
The Retreat
(Trans. Dalya Bila)

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