The Doc Fix


Regularly updated articles on story structure and analysis; tips, thoughts and useful bits and pieces.

The Power of Imagination

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I recently saw Jane Campion's new film, The Power of the Dog. To be honest I was disappointed. Not so much with the performances, but with the very slow pace and heavy handed symbolism. But, that said, there's a fascinating piece in The Guardian about the coach who helped the director and actors to discover the meaning and approach to the work - through dreams:

David Foster Wallace - The Nature of Fun

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David Foster Wallace's The Nature of Fun is one of the best pieces of writing I've come across about why we enjoy creating, where the fun goes when you worry about being good at it, and how to get it back. It was first printed in Fiction Writer Magazine, September 1998, then anthologised in Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction, edited by Will Blythe. Do buy the book. I would put an Amazon link, but there are other sellers….