Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #7

Hello, hello, dear readers! I hope you had as much fun with this as I did; so much fodder! Anyway--feel free to tag me with your response, or however you'd like to get it to me. As always, the links to all of the prior prompts (and my responses) are below. Enjoy! Limber Up Before … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #7

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #5

  I hope you're all enjoying lovely, balmy spring weather; here in Maine, the temps have been slow to rise... Anyhoo, here is my response to last week's prompt. Enjoy--and then go write something! Recall a photograph from your life and describe it in a way that suggests (but doesn’t specifically name) why it matters. (Remember … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #5

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #4

Better late than never--here is my own response to last week's prompt; if you'd like to see the previous posts, I'll include links at the end of this post. Now--go write something!     Prompt: Describe a presence in your house (childhood home/current place of residence)—a person, a pet, a piece of furniture, an illness, … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt #4

The Role of Imagination in Creative Nonfiction

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Writing the truth as we see it — writing honestly — is not just about writing the facts, the way things are. Sometimes, it’s the way we hope things are, or how they could have been, or could be, or even were, as the case may be. Yes, sometimes, writing the truth is about imagining a different reality.

But let me back up.

The expectation of creative nonfiction, as its name implies, is that the writing is true.  Indeed, when it’s not true — when we find the writer has “made stuff up,” has intentionally deceived us — we feel betrayed as readers, as though the sacred contract between the writer and reader has been broken. But this intentional kind of deception is not what I’m referring to when talking about imagining a different reality in creative nonfiction.

Rather, I am writing about imagination as truth.

One of the things…

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