The Perfect Corpse


This week, flash author Gay Degani published a guest blog post I wrote for her blog, Words in Place. Her blog is a great resource to discover new writers and find inspiration. I’m delighted to share my post, “The Perfect Corpse,” with you here. The beginning of the post is below, and you may click the link at the end of the paragraph to read the full piece:

I remember the day in graduate school when the highly regarded author, who was also my thesis advisor, looked at the 150 pages of creative nonfiction I had amassed and told me I’d written “the perfect corpse.” It was the best thing she could have said to me—a type A, beat-my-head-against-the-wall, determined, writer. I knew I’d write for the rest of my life. I knew I’d find a way to make a living as a writer, not a professor. But first, I had to learn a very hard lesson. I smiled and trembled all at once, humbly accepting my pages back from thesis advisor. I had six months to find the life in my memoir, and the only thing I knew was that what I though worked, didn’t even come close…[read full post here]

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