Articles by Aaron Gansky

Stillness

Charles Baxter, in Burning Down the House, Essays on Fiction, devotes an entire chapter to a principle he calls “Stillness.” To paraphrase a rather lengthy and well documented argument, he proposes that stillness, a moment in fiction where action subsides and characters/narrators focus on the minutiae of their surroundings, “is…

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Back from Alrujah

You may have noticed the significant lack of updates recently. I have a very good excuse. I was magically transported into a video game. A role playing game, to be precise. If you’re wondering which one, don’t. You’re not familiar with it. You’ve never even heard of it. In fact,…

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Twit-Fic

…and the small gets smaller. I resisted Twitter for the usual reasons. Honestly, I’m still a little surprised that people are so inherently narcissistic (present company included) that they’d actually believe other people would care what they ate for lunch, or some other such silly nonsense. But then, I thought,…

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Hint Fiction

Just got back from reading an interesting article about a somewhat “new” fiction fad: Hint Fiction. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Hint Fiction refers to any story of twenty-five words or less. Of course, in the article, the debate centers on whether or not these are actually “stories.” While…

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The Arc off the Page

My fascination with micro-fiction began as a writing assignment: Compose a story in less than sixty words. The point of the exercise, of course, was to get to the point. Beginnings are a tricky business, and this particular exercise was designed to get us to start at the heart. But…

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