". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How NOT To Open Your Novel

So many writers and so many want to be published writers of fiction spend so much time blogging about how to Do It, meaning either writing a novel or publishing one. Also how NOT to Do It.

Funny that no one has mentioned, "Don't open the first chapter of a novel with a great big dangerous action scene that then, after a few pages turns into a dream. Probably any writer of any experience or sense would just know that, it's so basic, so there's no need, right?

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