Can Fiction Writing Be Taught?

Writing is like sailing.

You go where the wind takes you, but it can be lifesaving to have a chart

and a few other tools for navigation. 

Oh, and it never hurts to have a Painkiller at the ready.

10 thoughts on “Can Fiction Writing Be Taught?

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Given that every profession has its share of alcoholics, writers cannot pretend to have cornered the market on alcoholism. However, the public is often more aware of their pecadilloes via memoir or fame’s magnifying lens.

      I chose to highlight a “Painkiller” at the end of my post for two reasons:

      1) On a daily basis writers bemoan their painfully imperfect sentences as they pile up into painfully imperfect paragraphs, chapters, and novels. A Painkiller would serve as a panacea for their struggles (with a wink-wink, mind you); and

      2) A Painkiller is also associated with sailing, especially in the Caribbean.

      Is that more than you wanted to know? :o)

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Hi Kate, I’m sorry, but our family is getting ready to leave on a trip, and I am going to be “out of commission” for the month of July. I would love to play, but I’ve got a short story to finish for a competition before I go, packing to do, my clients’ work to finish, etc. I’m not sure how often I will be posting or commenting for awhile. Have fun, and perhaps I can play when we get back. Ciao!

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