New Column:What You Don’t Know Can Kill
One of the classic rules of fiction analysis is not to confuse the author with the narrator or the characters in her story.
At 19, I took my first college-level fiction writing workshop. If you’ve ever attended a college writing class, you know what most of the students produce. Angsty, weird-for-the-sake-of-weirdness, depressing stories about unlikable people doing unlikely things.