Goodbye to Week 9!

2 Jul

A frosty virtual piña colada for me in celebration of completing Week 9! Today’s shorty was inspired by Michael Martone’s visit to my friend and colleague’s blog, Cynthia Newberry Martin’s Catching Days. I’m a huge fan of Michael (see the “How To Be a Writer” project he inspired at Hunger Mountain) and I pay close attention to everything he says. More on what he says in that post another time but today what I took from it was a reminder to play with structure. He’s just written Four for a Quarter, a book of pieces based on the number 4. This morning I got hooked on the number 7. So… why is thinking “yellow” a Big Idea that ruins a story and thinking “7” isn’t? I’m not sure, but my guess is that I’m using “7” to suggest form, and form is just a constraint we can choose to work within or not. Whereas with “yellow” I wasn’t thinking form at all but about the abstract concept of the color yellow and about even more abstract associations with it (cowardice, age) and how I might do these ideas justice. For me, trying to go from the abstract to the concrete means ruination.


Working Title: 7 Ways To Tempt Your Man
1st Sentence: What man?
Favorite Sentence: For God’s sake don’t wear that flimsy pink number with the silky sash, it makes you look like an expensive bedroom slipper.
Word Length: 574


Photo by Portorricensis, June 2008.

3 Responses to “Goodbye to Week 9!”

  1. cynthia July 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM #

    Love this first sentence!

  2. cynthia July 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM #

    And I meant to also say thanks for the links!

    • Claire Guyton July 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

      Oh, thanks. Yeah, it’s a pretty vicious little story, actually. Of course the Martone and CD links! As I told you recently, I’m even more impressed by the beauty of your blog now that I understand the work that goes into it.

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