The Jigsaw as a Metaphor

I am writing this on New Year’s Eve which, for me, feels poignant and relevant but for you, the magic of it has already worn off.  We all know what kind of year this has been and, of course, I am looking forward to a new one. It feels right,…

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What we Must Do

Like so many others, I’ve been a writer since I can remember. In recent years, long beyond my adolescence, I’ve found that I write creative nonfiction better than I write anything else. It has been a blow to my long-held dream of writing the next ‘Great American [fiction] Novel’, and…

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The Year that Stood Still: Instagram’s …

In the first coronavirus lockdown of 2020, we became obsessed with washing our hands, sanitising our groceries, and arranging each and every individual petal in a stunning swell of blooming flowers into still life photographs, dabbing on dewy jewels of water with an eyedropper and balancing taxidermied insects precariously on…

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Questions on Writing About People, Where I …

When people begin their foray into nonfiction, I feel like the first line of questioning is almost always something like this: Could someone sue me? Should I use their real name? How much do I have to reveal about them? What about dialogue – can I make up a conversation? What about someone who is dead? What about someone who is alive?

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From Eden to Modernity: On Rediscovering our …

It all begins, as so many things do in Western storytelling, at the beginning. Where man was created in God’s likeness, to rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, and put into the Garden Eden, to work and take care of it, and where,…

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Cutting Through the Bullshit

Creative-non-fiction is different from other factual writing (such as journalism or academia) because it uses the same muscles and mechanisms that fiction does. It curls real life into the shape of stories, and as it does, it imparts truth. It gives you feeling, experience and ideas all wound together, and from these things we gather a closeness. A humanity.

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