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The Island of Lost Luggage


Red Weather
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Lit Crit
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I don't remember but someone recently mentioned it on the Wompo list, which caused me to reconnect.

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What Prose Writers Can Learn from Poetry, Part II

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

It's tempting, I think, when writing narrative-driven prose (fiction or non-fiction) to imagine that the end of the plot is the end of the story. 'What happened at the end' too often drives a story toward a final event--a concluding moment rendered in action--instead of an ending grounded in an ethical or emotional change in the lives of your characters.

Poetry, with its imagistic and/or musical endings, can offer different models for the final note of a piece of…


What Prose Writers Can Learn from Poetry

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 8:51am 0 Comments

Most poets I know read all kinds of prose writing, novels (especially), short stories, memoir, essay. And while I know a few prose writers who are regular and enthusiastic readers of poetry, too many seem to find poetry, especially contemporary poetry, a little off-putting. Too much work, they sometimes seem to say. I would argue, though, that the rewards are there, for all writers. That poetry offers superb models for learning about the richness of imagery and metaphor, about…


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At 4:13pm on April 14, 2012, Judith Marshall said…

Hi Janet, Good luck with the book!

At 8:24pm on November 11, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janet, if you're at all interested in doing a guest post on 1st Books when your novel comes out, will you let me know? I love to support University Presses, but most of the folks I know publish with commercial publishers so I don't often get the chance. Take a look at www.megwaiteclayton.com/1stbooks and if you're interested, let me know.



At 12:00pm on November 5, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Janet, Glad to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread. And we do a live chat every Wednesday at 1EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler Wednesdays" box near the top of the group page. Hope you can join us for that.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize
At 8:58am on July 2, 2009, Patricia Clark said…
Hi Janet -- I remember our long-ago Ragdale days. How are things going? Nice to see your face here! best, Patricia
At 8:21am on July 2, 2009, Diane Lockward said…
Hi Janet--Good to find you here in this new space.

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