Jane Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

Tag: How to Write a Novel

Novel Revisions

Okay, chickies–
I’ve read Stephen Koch’s chapter on revision in “The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop” along with my perennial favourite, Douglas Glover’s “How to Write a Novel.”
So it should be easy, shouldn’t it?  But it’s a tangled, overwhelming mess of a bird’s nest that I’m trying to fix, and everyone needs to just hunker down with me and hope I have the panache and enough health to get through it to the other side (some day).  One wing flap after the other.
Meantime, I did write what I can tell is a successful poem, called Honour.  And managed to scratch some pastel onto a sheet.

Douglas Glover and How to Write a Novel

I’m reading “Attack of the Copula Spiders” by Douglas Glover. i remember him trying to drill the matters in his first piece, “How to Write a Novel,” through my thick brain back in Saratoga Springs in the early 90s. It was the best advice I had ever gotten on making a novel. It still is, and I’m glad to see it again in other than my own scrambled notes.
Note that numéro cinq (numerocinqmagazine.com) has thorough coverage of Doug’s book and his novelistic advice.  In addition to acquiring the book, you can watch Doug as he leads a class through the verbal version of “How to Write a Novel.”

(There’s an article on reading Mark Anthony Jarman in the book too. MAJ and I were always vying for the same lit awards back in the day.)

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