Compression: Jeff Fearnside

“Determining how much space to give any story(and I see all writing, even lyric poetry, as fundamentally reflective of some kind of underlying narrative, even if this narrative is never referred to) is the same as choosing which genre to house it in: the story itself dictates what it needs. Certain stories naturally lend themselves to certain forms, some of them expansive, some of them compressed. This may be obvious right from the beginning, while sometimes it may take living with a piece for a while, but eventually, to the writer who listens carefully enough, it will become clear. That’s a good writer’s primary job: listening. This involves following feelings, not formulas, and that’s what makes writing an art, not a science.” — Jeff Fearnside

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