“Artificial Nocturne”

Make your feelings in THINGS, images.  There is so much more in an image because that is how we experience the world, a d a good story is about EXPERIENCE, not concepts and certainly not abstractions.  The abstractions are always finally empty and dull no matter how dear they may be to our hearts and no matter how profound we think they must be . . . So, in revision, get rid of all those places where you are commenting on things, and let the things stand for themselves.  BE CLEAR about the details that can be felt on the skin and in the nerves.

– Richard Bausch, quoted in “The Heart and the Eye” by J.T. Bushnell in this month’s Poets & Writers.

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