TEXT prose

 

Wendell Mayo

 

Sententiae for fiction workshop

 

 

― To write good fiction, you have to use words.

― So that’s his “fuck,” this is someone else’s “fuck.” Try to not get them confused.

― I wonder if this is a condition, like I could go to the doctor and say, “I’ve got terminal
meta-meta.”

― Like, “Full-On Dragon Twist” …You may think it’s the name of an ice cream special,
but it’s also a wrist lock!

― Like, I hate this kid in your story, he’s a brat, why does he keep screaming?

― He’s sort of like an undeveloped fetus... he’s like a stem cell, yeah, he’s like a stem cell;
he can be grown into a kidney.

― The damn solar system...

― The shallowness of the shallow past...

― Now that I think about it, I love my idea.

― A short story is like a thong, you have a pair of boxers here.

― But I like the banana scene.

― People bite other people when they’re having sex.

― So the wife in the bedroom scene serves her purpose, I mean, in terms of the fiction, in
terms of serving the fiction.

― Any of you guys in this room worn a dress? I have, but not why you think.

― From jewels to junk, there’s a story in there somewhere.

― You guys like talkin’ to yourselves? That’s so good. I love talkin’ to myself.

― Like, if anyone is going to play fast and loose with my imagination, I am going to play
fast and loose with my imagination.

― Hey, it’s my starry night, don’t screw with it.

 

 

Wendell Mayo is author of three books of fiction: two story collections, Centaur of the North and B. Horror and Other Stories; and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian WoodHe is Professor of English at Bowling Green State University where he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

 

Return to Contents Page
Return to Home Page

TEXT
Vol 15 No 2 October 2011
http://www.textjournal.com.au
Editors: Nigel Krauth & Kevin Brophy
Text@griffith.edu.au