Idea to explore: Narrative = manifestation of protagonist psyche, regardless of first, second, or third person.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of writing students attempt something narratively that it has never occurred to me to attempt: going to the page and making a calculated effort to take a set of events in a character’s life and depict them in a way that distorts their reality, in hopes of triggering a realization in the reader that the character is not on their rocker. Continue reading “On Unreliable Narrators”
Rita and David were driving down to the place of a man named Owen, from whom Rita had bought a stove for her restaurant. A Viking Professional Series of twenty thousand British Thermal Units. All the way down through Kripplebush, Rita steered around remnants of bark and broken limbs on the roadway. Continue reading “Windstorm in Cottekill”
You can’t write a story from the point of view of an ashtray, my writing teacher said. That had me thinking. Like, I hardly heard anything else the rest of class, anything Mr. Givens said or the other students. I was thinking, “Why not? I could.” I grew up around ashtrays. Everyone in my family used them. It’d be easy. Continue reading “The Black Ashtray”