Writing What I Don't Know

My greatest misconception about being a writer when I was growing up was that writers needed to go out and have experiences. I was captivated by Joseph Conrad having been a sailor, Melville having been a whaler, Twain a miner and riverboat pilot, plus Hemingway, and London to name a few. I went out to …

The Truth Behind the Lie(s)

In a crowded auditorium in Walla Walla, Washington’s Whitman College, a student raised his hand and asked Tim O’Brien why he wrote fiction about his war experiences.  O’Brien said, “To tell truths that I can’t tell in nonfiction.”  Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, Pam Houston, Flannery O’Conner