Nov 20, 2022Liked by Douglas Glover

Thank you for this.

Your short story cuts a little close to bone. Love it.

I thought I had just finished a 670 word CNF piece...your post prompts me to approach it again...make it better.

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Enlightening as always, Doug. “Brain fizz.” I’m reading Bernhardt’s Woodcutters right now and it’s very fizzy. “As I sit in my wing chair” is such a funny anaphora. Hope you’re well!

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‘... the real story is much larger than that on the page’

This is going to resonate with me. I’m writing CNF which is challenging my ability to story-tell. Would love to hear your advice/observations on this genre.

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Nov 19, 2022Liked by Douglas Glover

Want to review my new novel, Dog on Fire? It's short.

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Instructive stuff, Doug. Thanks.

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I like the microstory and the long commentary, but best of all, the passage that I surmise could serve as your micromanifesto on fiction writing:

"you have achieved a certain density of semantic and syntactic play. You have invented layers, implications, clever juxtapositions and reversals, striking diction, emotional depths, and perfect characters (reflected in perfect names) who have all the personality they need to make the story work and no more. You have created a fizz of synaptic activity for the reader to enjoy. Brain fizz."

Enlightening and inspiring... thanks!

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