Writing Above Your Head

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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.

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