“You need to really get inside the head of someone who is not you and give them a voice and dignity.”
A short story needs motives.
It’s good for me to notice the tiniest sub-“thought” which goes through my mind, almost too fast to notice—to catch it before it’s gone, to jot it down. Whhhsshht!
In honor of National Poetry Month, the best poets in America share the poets and poetry that have influenced and inspired their own writing.
Gilbert King went from writing about Mr. Potato Head to crafting an award-winning story about racial injustice.