Building a successful story on the bones of a failed one is like cooking for dinner guests after you've just burnt the main dish. Look for what's already present in the story and combine those elements in new and inspired ways.
Writing for me is a nostalgic act. Nostalgia, from the Greek álgos,meaning pain and nóstos, the word Homer used to describe Odysseus’s yearning for and difficult journey home.
The writers I meet in Alaska are a varied lot: people writing memoir, creative nonfiction of all types, novelists. But short story writers? There are few. I’ve had to wonder what it is about short fiction that seems right to me and why I persist in writing it.