Jan Bowman

Entry 234 – Serendipity & Story: Roanoke Review Interview

Stephanie Spector of the Roanoke Review Interviewed me in January 2015 about writing and my story, “Mermaids” that won the Roanoke Review fiction prize (see archives 2012 issue). Go to their website to read it all.

Entry # 233 – “More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving” – by Dale L. Baker

“I survived caregiving,” a reader wrote. “This book helped.” Dale Baker said, “I have received many 5 star reviews on Amazon, but this one sums up my mission. Every caregiver needs a support group. You might think that you don’t, but you do.”

Entry # 232 – “Interview with Deepan Chatterjee”

Deepan said, “I wrote this book for a variety of readers – those who grew up in a foreign country (like I did) and then immigrated to the United States, those who reside here and wish to learn about other cultures and traditions, and anyone in general who loves reading short fiction and poetry.”

Entry # 231 “Tips to Beat Block & Banish Fear – using Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and With Others”

Craft books can help writers grow. Truman Capote said, “Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”

Entry # 230 – Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson.

Entry three in a series – useful craft books. Sometimes when writers face a temporary lag in their productivity, when the flame of inspiration flickers a bit, it helps to read practical books on craft.

Entry # 229 – More Crafty Essays About Notebooks

Writers and Their Notebooks, essays edited by Diana Raab, “celebrates the notebook as a vital tool in a writer’s personal and literary life.” —and— “In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence.” — Adrienne Rich

Entry # 228 – “Crafty Readings for Beginning Writers”

Le Guin says, “Some people see art as a matter of control. I see it mostly as a matter of self-control. It’s like this: in me there’s a story that wants to be told. It is my end; I am its means.”

Entry # 223 – “Bad-Ass Dudes” in Fiction

Writing fiction requires writers to explore parts of what Charles Baxter in The Art of Subtext, has called, “the problem of the unknowable,” especially as we think about characters.

Entry # 222 – “Even Ruins Have A Particular Beauty”

Sometimes on summer afternoons my thoughts turn to poetry. Although I see myself as a writer of mostly fiction and a bit of nonfiction, reading poems gives me insights into linguistic effects possible in fiction. This morning I reread Mary Oliver’s wonderful poetry collection: American Primitive and all afternoon I hear her words as music… Continue reading Entry # 222 – “Even Ruins Have A Particular Beauty”

Entry # 219 “The Phoenix Effect in Revision”

Recently I revised a story and the process required the surgical removal of a character I particularly liked, and as a result, I needed to remove three scenes and find another way to get into the heart of the story. Although I hoped to avoid this painful process, the reality of what was needed would… Continue reading Entry # 219 “The Phoenix Effect in Revision”