And now for something completely different …

June 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

aka Eric Idle

This is not Teddy Wayne. This is Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blogpost.

My favorite part of the New Yorker is the “Shouts & Murmurs” section. Many very funny people have written a shout or a murmur. Teddy Wayne is the most recent, with his Eight Rules for Writing Fiction. You have to read them in order to get the full effect, so I’ll just quote the first rule:

Show, don’t tell. Remember show-and-tell in elementary school, when you’d bring in an object from home and talk about it? I want you to remember that experience and the lessons about storytelling it imparted. Then invent a time machine, and travel back to elementary school, and get a job as a second-grade teacher, and make sure you get yourself as a student in your class, and in the time machine bring along an iPhone, and give it to your second-grade self. All the kids will be blown away, even though it won’t get phone reception because cell-phone towers haven’t been built yet. The younger you will develop greater self-esteem from your newfound popularity, and go on to lead a richer adult life, and have more material to write about.

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