Thank youÂ University of Iowa for sponsoring a free online class in fiction writing. Over 8100 global participants – the discussions are rich and varied.
One difference between a newsletter (to people who like you) and a novel (for people who don’t know you) is that a newsletter writer is the story, while the novelist must get out of the way of the story.
If a newsletter is a toy, a novel is more like a child;Â you canÂ impose structure and supply building blocks but you, yourselfÂ must fade into the background. Do you know what I mean?
My favorite stories read as if written by someone with Aspergerâ€™s: brilliant and focused; neither invested nor judgmental.
Professional detachment at its best enables readersÂ to believe they discovered the writer’s world and thatÂ every word is what theyâ€™d write, if they’d stumbled on the scene.