Oct 30, 2006, 11:27 AM
Post #194 of 235
Re: [Junior Maas] Workshop stories
Endlessly Googleable. Stories carried over from the Carver 80's: realist, preferably minimalist, plainly prosed, scant plot, 3-4 thousand words, emphasis on "character development", capped with a trite epiphany. Considers itself artsy, though really, what it is is mistake-free, more or less, syntax wise. Group-lens filtered. Most likely focused on some Other or another--Asians and Indians are big right now. First paragraph is generally good--because we all know it's the most important--then the quality drops. The ending merely ends. Makes you say, not Wow, but rather, Well, that wasn't too disagreeable. Thank you, Junior Maas! I've never seen it put so plainly...
What does "endlessly Googeable" mean?
HMM...mine are generally under 3k words, not too wordy, have a plot, and almost mistake free, syntax-wise, because I AM a HS English teacher. Just now started writing about the OTHER (Latinos), have written ONE story set in Injah, and my first paragraphs are generally good!
However, I can't judge for myself whether my characters' epiphanies are trite, because although they are not "group lens filtered," they are filterd by MY experience or my own imagination.
Please tell me more! You are the first person who has given me anything I could understand when I asked this question aloud, though people mention these type of stories OFTEN on the forums.