Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Craft Essays: Glimmertrain Bulletin

The March issue of Glimmer Train's eBulletin features craft essays by writers whose works have recently appeared in Glimmer Train Stories:

In "Literary Fabric," Vi Khi Nao begins, "Writing should be a cinematic moment. The function of a writer is to convert word in such a fashion that its etymological beauty moves from frame to frame. In this state, anything is possible. Including the possibility of levitating, descending, dancing—a cinematic place filled with balletic gestures of human pain, sorrow, and bliss."

William Luvaas in "ON REVISION / REVISION" writes: "Revision can be tedious. Can seem like pathological nit-picking. It can feel like we are endlessly redigesting our own words. But, incredibly, rather than making a story seem labored and lifeless—as intuition suggests it would—revision liberates it and makes it appear effortless."

"Being Open to Opportunities" for Matthew Salesses is two-sided, "Whenever I am asked to do anything, in the literary world, I agree if at all possible. I hate to turn down anyone genuinely interested in me or my work. How rare and amazing that attention is. This kind of philosophy can backfire, of course."

Joyce Thomson learned, as she expresses in "The Fan Letter": "I had wanted to be able to make readers laugh, cry, and think. Now I amended my wish list: I want to make people identify beyond the furthest outposts of their prejudices."

The bulletin is a free, monthly publication.