Another collaboration discussed this week was a series of short stories exploring tunnels and familiar strangers, with the exuberant master of tales, Joffre White, author of the Frog Series and Earthland. I’m looking forward to unearthing some mysteries for your entertainment with this collection.
Met up with the legend that is Mutartis Boswell the other night, talked about art, horror, writing and the oddity that is Cerne Abbas – I’m not kidding that is a weird place! We also discussed publishing, and I’m stoked to announce plans for a collaboration with this talented artist to publish a very special chapbook for you all.
More to come on that one. In the meantime go check out Bos and let him know that Nash sent you.
If a writer doesn’t study writing how does that person hope to thrill the reader?
Write for the reader.
Keep your eye on the view. A clear and defined POV is crucial to keeping a reader engaged, yet often overlooked by writers.
“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”
– Ernest Hemingway
I’ve been reading, writing, critiquing short fiction for the past few years, and reached the following steps by trial and error. This is what works best for me today.
- Write the story.
- Write several drafts until you think you can’t make it any better.
- Put the manuscript down for at least a month and work on other projects.
- When you pick it up again you’ll see the draft wasn’t so great. Edit until it’s a lot better.
- Don’t stop. Work on the story until you think it’s the tits, and importantly, you’ve pushed yourself to the limits of your ability.
- Ask your writing group to critique your masterpiece. Oh, and tell them to rip your work to pieces.
- Go back to step 2.
Another writer’s opinion could be a chisel or a sledgehammer. Either is a tool. Use it well.