Friday, October 31, 2003


Text magazine, The journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs.
(via sidelinks of Barrista) has some great fare including:

Collaborative Practice: Categorising forms of collaboration for practitioners
Donna Lee Brien and Tess Brady

Four Writers and their Settings Nigel Krauth
Setting is an acknowledged concern for creative writers. In knowing this, we usually think of the authorial creation of settings in fiction, drama and poetry. But also there is the setting for the writing - the actual place where the writer settles and sits
(also of interest again is the walking theory of thinking/writing at 3 mph)

Meanwhile the Age had an article of interest to literary essentialist martians and venusians:
Crossing the gender divide
Can authors authentically write from the point of view of the opposite sex? Jane Sullivan considers a timeless dilemma.
"Apart from Sherlock Holmes, no man created by a man ever notices how somebody is dressed; male characters by women always do."
(British novelist Amanda Craig)

(update: a comment by wen got us googling and finding this earlier related Guardian article)

and there's some good stuff on writer's block at Poop Chute. (Sunday 26/10)

Comments: texts

Nick Hornby - no (If you have to think about it, it isn't quite working. enjoyed the book anyway.) Michael Cunningham - yes. But NH used first person - very risky. MC (and Flaubert) used third person. Makes a difference. Amanda Craig used first person - I didn't wonder about it, but then I'm not a bloke.
Posted by wen at October 31, 2003 04:50 PM

Yeah I thought the examples cited were a bit limited.
First person would be the killer I imagine.
Was Anna Sewell convincing as a horse?

btw - I've "embedded" a link into the post now, wen, which was prompted by your comment. Thanks.
Posted by boynton at October 31, 2003 05:09 PM

(you asked for it)
Posted by wen at October 31, 2003 05:24 PM

neigh verily.
but then was it a gender or a genus thing?

(update: that is - would she have been more convincing as a mare?)
Posted by boynton at October 31, 2003 06:01 PM

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