Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

Tag: How to Write a Novel

Novel Revisions

Okay, chickies–
I’ve read Stephen Koch’s chapter on revision in “The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop” along with my perennial favourite, Douglas Glover’s “How to Write a Novel.”
So it should be easy, shouldn’t it?  But it’s a tangled, overwhelming mess of a bird’s nest that I’m trying to fix, and everyone needs to just hunker down with me and hope I have the panache and enough health to get through it to the other side (some day).  One wing flap after the other.
Meantime, I did write what I can tell is a successful poem, called Honour.  And managed to scratch some pastel onto a sheet.

Douglas Glover and How to Write a Novel

I’m reading “Attack of the Copula Spiders” by Douglas Glover. i remember him trying to drill the matters in his first piece, “How to Write a Novel,” through my thick brain back in Saratoga Springs in the early 90s. It was the best advice I had ever gotten on making a novel. It still is, and I’m glad to see it again in other than my own scrambled notes.
Note that numéro cinq ( has thorough coverage of Doug’s book and his novelistic advice.  In addition to acquiring the book, you can watch Doug as he leads a class through the verbal version of “How to Write a Novel.”

(There’s an article on reading Mark Anthony Jarman in the book too. MAJ and I were always vying for the same lit awards back in the day.)

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