Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Wednesday Web Browser

The Poets & Writers Contest Blog takes a look back on 2009, the year in prizes.
Maile Meloy's Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It really impressed me when I read it last August, so I very much appreciated this new interview with the author on the Fiction Writers Review site.
I'm not sure that I'm ready to go public with my New Year's Writing Resolutions, but I'm glad that poet Diane Lockward is willing to share hers. Her list seems practical and inspiring to me!
This week sees the release of Jonathan Dee's much-praised fifth novel, The Privileges. Dee, whose teaching gigs include one in my former MFA program (though I never had the chance to workshop/work with him), provides a mini-craft lesson toward the end (just past the 12-minute mark) of this interview with Leonard Lopate: "You want to take what Milan Kundera called the reader's natural inclination to judge, and you want to frustrate that....If you want to tell a compelling story, you have to do what you can to subvert" certain preconceived ideas that readers may bring along for the read about your story's characters (like the two main characters of his new novel, for example). This is a good reminder/lesson for me, since I think some of my fictional characters may have remained a bit too true to "type."
Finally, just a reminder to those of you with an interest in writing/literature on Jewish themes to check in with my other blog. Lots of good stuff there lately, if I do say so, myself!


Celeste said...

Erika, thanks for posting Diane Lockward's list of writing resolutions. They were inspiring and reassuring, especially #2 and #3. I've got a list of my own up as well, but I may have to add some of Diane's to the unofficial count.

Erika D. said...

Hi, Celeste: Thanks so much for posting the link to your list (on HuffPo, no less!). I really liked it. I have a suggestion for you re: the new literary journal subscription: J Journal. Expect to hear more about J Journal here on the blog soon! Thanks again for your comment.