How does transformation begin?

Susan DeFcraft, fictionLeave a Comment

fresh shoots of green plant in the dirt

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on transformation–in art, and in life. This week found me back in Portland. After two years away, due to the pandemic, it’s been a deeply meaningful time of connecting with old friends. I’ve known one of these friend since my midtwenties. Like me, she’s a graduate of Prescott College; like me, she’s had a career as … Read More

What Makes a Story Feel Like a Story?

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young woman with bangs holding a red phone up to her ear

What’s the difference between a story and a narrative relating a series of events? Once upon a time, dear reader, I might have answered, “Causality.” Because it’s a basic truth I’ve discovered as a book coach and editor: if you have plot that’s basically episodic—this happens, then that, and then this thing over here—the single most effective thing you can … Read More

Fiction as a Force for Change

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wall mural of George Floyd with flowers surrounding his head

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how art can make a difference in the world—fiction in particular. I went to a very politically engaged college, and graduated in 2000—a year when it seemed like everyone I knew who was really committed to making a difference was either at the WTO protests in Seattle or taking up organic farming. I … Read More