Writing Above Your Head

In the latest Glimmer Train Bulletin, Clayton Luz has a wonderful piece about “writing above your head,” advice that he first heard from Richard Ford. Here’s a snippet of what Clayton says:

Sometimes we have to let things we experience age a while in our souls before they ripen into a knowing. I’m with Henry James, who wrote “Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

In other words, I had to live a sum of life before Ford’s meaning reached my consciousness.

I understand now. My short story “When the Wind Blows the Water Grey” represents my first published fiction. And it got that way because I finally wrote above my head, I believe. What does that mean? …

Click here to read the full piece by Luz.

Or: head to the full bulletin from Glimmer Train.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Above Your Head

  1. Susan Cushman

    "… flouncy, mystical and cottony." Gotta love those adjectives. In Luz’s case, they are point on. For me, writing "above my head" means letting go of whatever ties me down, whatever keeps my writing from flying, from achieving that flouncy, mystical, cottony quality I want it to have. Lately I think I’m trying too hard to control the story line. Thanks for posting this, Jane. It helps me let go.