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Try not to interrupt. Allow me to find my words and follow my thoughts. It will help me rebuild my language skills. Please have patience with my memory. Try to think of me as if my brain were in a cast. Repeating tasks in the same sequence is a rehabilitation strategy.
Coaching me, suggesting other options or asking what you can do to help may help me figure it out. Taking over and doing it for me will not be constructive and it will make me feel inadequate. It may also be an indication that I need to take a break. You may not be able to help me do something if helping requires me to frequently interrupt what I am doing to give you directives. I work best on my ownone step at a time and at my own pace. If I repeat actions, like checking to see if the doors are locked or the stove is turned off, it may seem like I have OCD — obsessive-compulsive disorder — but I may not.
It may be that I am having trouble registering what I am doing in my brain. It can also be a cue that I need to stop and rest. If I seem sensitive, it could be emotional lability as a result of the injury or it may be a reflection of the extraordinary effort it takes to do things now.
We need cheerleaders now, as we start over, just like children do when they are growing up. Please help me and encourage all efforts. I am doing the best I can. We are learning more and more about the amazing brain and there are remarkable stories about healing in the news every day. No one can know for certain what our potential is. We need Hope to be able to employ the many, many coping mechanisms, accommodations and strategies needed to navigate our new lives.
Everything single thing in our lives is extraordinarily difficult for us now. The narrative has to find a way around it, like water has to flow around an obstacle, and the result is that the whole enterprise is given form. Rachel Cusk is professor of creative writing at Kingston University.
Michael Cunningham Michael Cunningham. Sarah Lee for the Guardian I teach a class on the craft of fiction-writing at Yale, which is a hybrid of a literature course and a writing workshop.
If a more traditional literature course has to do with why we're interested in writers like Henry James and James Joyce, my class focuses on how they did what they did, using only ink, paper, and the same vocabulary available to everyone. If a more traditional workshop is largely based on trial and error — write a story and we'll tell you what's wrong with it — my course is based at least partly on why writers write as they do; on the basis for their decisions.
I do remind my students, periodically, that fiction contains an element of ineluctable mystery along with its elements of craft, and that a great story or novel is great in certain ways we can elucidate, and certain ways in which we cannot.
We don't dissect great literature in the belief that once all its organs are spread out on the table before us, we've got it figured out. We read extensively and, each week, do our best to determine how certain effects were achieved by a different writer. How did James build his characters in The Aspern Papers? How did Joyce structure "The Dead"? The students perform writing exercises as we go along. During the week we spend on character, for instance, I ask them to write a single paragraph that conveys the appearance and essential nature of a character.
During the week on structure, I give them an impossible welter of information — seven different people, with twice that many interconnected dramas and conflicts — and ask them to sketch out a story, with the understanding that they can omit as much, or include as much, as they like.
During the final third of the semester I simply tell my students to take what they've learned, and write a story. Any story they like.
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Which can be anywhere from one to 25 pages long though I encourage them to lean more toward single-digit page counts — I stress economy and precision throughout the semester. The stories they come up with are often surprisingly good. Michael Cunningham is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Yale University. She seems to achieve the compression and electric intensity of her final version through minimising the connective engineering of the syntax in her sentences, taking out explanations, excising the mediating voice from around the things seen.
The students went home to work on a paragraph of their own, cutting and intensifying in that way, taking out what's flabby and banal.
In the short-story class, we spent lots of time thinking about endings. Why do the endings of short stories carry so much more weight, in proportion to the whole, than the endings of novels?
We wrangle over the endings of particular stories we've been reading together — Dubliners, Eudora Welty, Agnes Owens and others. What satisfies, what doesn't?I’d like you to meet part 14
How can the writer tell when it's enough? Why has taste turned against endings that clinch too tightly, or have too much twist in the tail? The students are working on their own stories: Rehearsing these things collectively loosens the tight fit of fear and inhibition, imagination relaxes.
The writing course offers an audience. Everyone lifts their game in response to the exacting readers they'll face next Tuesday. Student writers are under pressure to learn to hear themselves, to hear how they sound, to make essential judgments about tone and pace and transition.
Of course, all writers have always had to learn this; a good writing course just crystallises the opportunity. In the past apprentice writers practised with a coterie of friends, or with their family, or with a mentor.
Writing courses aren't free; but I'm sure they do help to widen the circle of opportunity, beyond the metropolitan and university cliques. Tessa Hadley is a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University. Gary Shteyngart It helps to be clean and presentable when teaching.
Students react to sharp odours. It can't be like the University of Iowa during John Cheever's time when you could just wander in drunk and fall asleep for two hours. Today's MFA students expect you to be awake. I also try to get students to bring in snacks because I have low-blood sugar.
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But the snacks are really for everyone. Gary Shteyngart is associate professor of creative writing at Columbia University. Naomi Alderman 1 The most useful thing you can do is read someone's work and give them specific advice regarding what is and isn't working in their particular book.
That is what goes on. It's the non-universal stuff that is the most useful. Are you using description to cover the fact that you don't really know your characters? For me, when I'm working on a book, it's around words a day every single day. Five hundred words a day is too few. A thousand is too many. I can't take the weekend off; if I do the book has dissolved to mush when I get back.
So a teacher can talk to you about your process. Suggest different ways of working, different times, places, different rituals to get you in the right mental place for it.
Again, this is very particular to the individual. You watch them blench.
I tell my students about journalism, about other kinds of writing, about crowdfunding, about grants, about balancing the day job with the novels, and the pitfalls of all of these. Most people can't make a living only from selling their art, but almost anyone can put together a life in and around the artform they love if that's what they really want.
You help them work out how to do that. Naomi Alderman is a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University. Don Paterson At St Andrews, we tend to teach that most problems writers encounter have already been solved by other writers: Often the most useful exercise is just to compare some bad writing with some good, and then learn how to articulate the difference between the two.
This is most bracing when the bad writing is your own. Here's Robert Frost; here's you. I teach in three ways: There are many useful textbooks that can help with the first two, though very few of those are about "creative writing" a term I try to avoid anyway. Almost no books I've read address "practice" very satisfactorily, though many students have benefited from reading ex-marine! Don Paterson is a professor of poetry at the University of St Andrews. Tim Knox for the Guardian My classes are undergraduates only.
It's as simple as that.
No use of "exercises" or discussion of "technique". Chang-Rae Lee is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. Kathryn Hughes 1 Lots of people can write beautiful prose, it's structure that's tricky.
Novelists can afford to just start writing and see where it takes them, writers of non-fiction need to have a plan. Draw up a list of "landing places", points in your narrative where your reader can have a bit of a sit down and admire the view so far. Your job as narrator is to lead them from one landing place to the next, neither chivvying them along nor allowing them to lag behind. Make sure, though, that you don't come over like a drill sergeant.
The trick of good narrative non-fiction is to allow the reader to feel that they have worked it all out for themselves. Be ruthless about cutting out any word that you wouldn't use naturally in everyday speech. In real life no one calls a book "a tome" or says "she descended the stairs" or refers to "my companion".
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A book is a book, people walk down the stairs and a companion is actually a friend, or a lover, or a colleague or someone you were standing next to at the bus stop. Be specific and be real. At some point in the relationship between a creative writing tutor and a student, there will be a conversation that runs exactly like the closing lines of Samuel Beckett's novel, The Unnamable: You must go on. I can't go on.
When you hear these words coming out of your mouth, the best thing to do is shut up shop for the day and go and read someone who is writing the kind of stuff that you would like to. You'll start work the next day with a better pair of ears.