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Summer JMWW: This with That

The new JMWW is a mind-fuck. How so? It gives us an essay (“MFA my way: In Writing, As in Life, You Must Have Character“) by Christine Stewart. She drops us three rules to creating literary work that will, in her words, “…makes my heart beat faster, that promises to cast a spell over me.” This advice:

How to do this? It’s pretty simple but I see people forget these basics all the time:

1) You must have a good handle on your main character.

2) Your main character must want something.

3) Your main character must do something.

I find Stewart’s “cast a spell over me” requirements as a worthy goal for a book. I also look for this type of literature, but I respectfully disagree with Stewart’s advice on how to create such a thing. While I have certainly dropped into fictional dreams due to character development, I have also been spun into spells by glow arrangements of words. Possibly I am confused on genre. Stewart opens with a poetry group situation, but is maybe writing only about mainstream fiction? Anyway, this is why JMWW is a mind-fuck. It’s an interesting essay to place along works (see below, among others) that do not meet the character sketch, character driven, character-with-clear motivation template. This juxtaposition fascinated me, and made for a verve/swerve issue. Click.

That We Never Knew This Reaches Upward, Assists the Room Grew by Andrew Borgstrom

From Michael Palmer vs. Michael Palmer (2) by Michael Leong

Damper by Cooper Renner

Ark Codex 0-01-08 by (?)

Craft Notes & Random / 20 Comments
June 27th, 2011 / 11:31 am

Interview with John Dermot Woods

johnwoods-cover-lgI’m pretty sure John Dermot Woods hasn’t killed any presidents, but he still opts to use his assassin name on the cover of his book, The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things (BlazeVOX 2009).

That’s a title worth remembering, but I don’t blame anyone who can’t do it. I always call it The Complete List of Stuff, even though John’s title is better. I like how he places no limit on what is included. Apparently, it is the complete collection of everything and everyone, everywhere, ever. READ MORE >

Author Spotlight / 28 Comments
December 10th, 2009 / 10:44 am

John Dermot Woods’s The Complete Collection of people, places & things

I just ordered this: so too should you: John Dermot Woods’s The Complete Collection of people, places & things, which is surely to be wholly wonderful and grand.

Order The Complete Collection of people, places & things by July 15 and get it for only $12 (25% off the cover price) with free shipping in the U.S.

– A signed/numbered screen print, commemorating the book’s release

-personalized copy with a limited edition, signed book plate

(be sure to specify your shipping address)

cover-dropshadowThe Complete Collection of people, places & things
a novel by John Dermot Woods
BlazeVOX Books 2009
ISBN: 9781935402466
175 pp. Perfect Bound. With Drawings.


Author Spotlight / 4 Comments
June 18th, 2009 / 2:23 pm