Rust Hills comes at fiction-writing from a decidedly literary perspective. What does that mean? Well, this:
I’ve got a shelf of how-to-write books, and they all seem to me pretty much dreadful, especially the ones about the short story.
Then I’ve got another shelf of books, some of them seem to me great. These are college textbook anthologies of short stories, with analyses of the stories that sometimes get quite technical.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking what you really want is the how-to-write books, because you want to learn how to write, not how to read. Believe me, I understand: I’ve been there, and I”m no great fan of critical analysis. But Hills is going to throw you a curve in a minute and I don’t want you to miss it. [ Read more ]