Crocodiles in the Pond


I read the following in Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, “The only way I was able to trick myself into writing a first novel, as well as the first short story I published that I liked (as opposed to the first story I published) was to write both the novel and the story as stories within stories, narratives told by one character to another.”

My reading of this sentence could not have had better timing. During my initial approach, I felt disgruntled and discouraged about not being creative enough to finish one story. Along the way, I have found that I have little difficulty in discovering a subject or muse for a non-fiction piece. Likewise, poetry generally flows for me. Stories though continue to be out of reach. At least their completeness, and novels are tantamount to believing I will be a rich man one day. They are crocodiles in the pond.

Addressing the richness of Prose’ s sentence will take a lifetime, but I am at this point, writing out loud. One of the beauties of WOL is to not feel the pressure of perfection, or the authority of completeness. I can stay at a beginning, middle or end, without self rancor.

6 thoughts on “Crocodiles in the Pond

  1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist December 10, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Nothing to do with your piece but it has suddenly struck me that Francine has a wonderful surname for the writer of a book about writing prose.

    • fictionfitz December 10, 2013 / 7:39 am

      I find it amazing the number of people who follow their name. Now is that her married name or her maiden name?

  2. jhvn December 10, 2013 / 10:39 am

    Yes, the crocodiles can devour you. Perhaps when you attempt a novel to express yourself rather than to get rich, the process will change.

    • fictionfitz December 10, 2013 / 10:45 am

      I think that transformation has already taken place. I no longer have plans for an IPO. In fact, I will be looking for a publisher that says you can do all interviews from your home, no road trips.

  3. Carole Webber December 10, 2013 / 11:11 am

    I would not let the crocodiles in the pond deter me from following a dream.Get a crocodile hunter to remove them in a saving manner, after all, “all God’s creatures get to sing in the choir”

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