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


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

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