Thoughts: Am I an American Writer?

Though born and raised in the United States, I recently found myself asking whether I'm an American writer. I concluded that, based on my approach to fiction and despite having been born here, I am absolutely not an American writer. American writers, with few exceptions, believe you need to get to the point. I'm not…

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Craft Note: Embracing the Morning

For most of my adult life, and a lot of my youth, I've been a night owl. As a kid, I loved staying up on Friday and Saturday nights to catch Chiller Theater or The Ghoul. Then came "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" and "Midnight Special" and "Saturday Night Live." Later, my punk rock inclination and…

Craft Note: The Job

The job of the writer is to make the kind of expedition few are willing to undertake. Then, skillfully using all the tools of language at her disposal, she must file a complete report. With luck, both writer and reader will be the better for it, or they will at least have learned something interesting…