Agree or Disagree?
Seems virtually impossible to disagree with the amazing Scott McClanahan, I don’t know I’ve never gotten in a fight with him.
But I mean I’m sure someone has argued with him before, so let’s just say this makes total sense and it’s harder than it looks.
I write marketing copy for a living and my whole goal is brevity but then I get upset when I include some participles or passive verbs in there, I mean I could be saving us some very valuable coding time and white space to relax the eye. This is what I have to think about.
I’d have to say that if McClanahan has adopted this as his mantra, this nugget of advice than his two most recent books and for that matter his story collections definitely do this. He hits you hard with amazing scenes and brief descriptions, and it’s basically unlike other stuff I’ve seen around, his combination of storytelling ability and style is currently unmatched. I will say that I liked ‘Crapalachia’ better than ‘Hill William’ if this is a record, then I want that to go into it, I’d guess I’d say that to his face, I’m not sure if it would cause a fight or not.
Let’s also say this again, because it needs to be said over and over and over again–this advice, this is not easy to do, but if you can, than you are truly skillful.
I basically write all these bios myself, but Scott McClanahan is one of my favorite contemporary writers and you can find more about him at Holler Presents, and you should read ‘Crapalachia’ and ‘Hill William’ and the complete collection that’s just out I think.