Sunday, March 20, 2011

On "Work in Progress" by Kristin Kearns (1783 words) ****

Kearns attempts to bring short story form to real life in this piece--or to bring real life to short story form. The effect is rather mesmerizing.

I remember once asking a friend why movies always seemed so much better than life, and what he told me has always stuck with me: movies only last two hours.

A story has a conflict. A story has a resolution. We get an arc, a rise and a fall in action. Often, we have a happy ending. But life--life goes on. The happiness isn't the end. The rise and fall is only one of a series of waves. How does one transfer story making into such life? Read how Kearns tries to do it here at Big Ugly Review.

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