5 Burning Questions With Courtney Sender

  1. What’s the best thing about writing?

It makes lived experience useful.

  1. What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Strategizing.  Catching up with friends.  Singing.  Teaching.  Being outraged.  Telling my negative thoughts to shut up.  Nurturing my positive thoughts.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using no verbs.

Again, again, again.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

The Chekhov’s gun thing.  Which I understand as a reciprocal principle.  It’s not only that the gun on the mantle in act one needs to go off in act three, but that the gun that goes off in act three needs to be on the mantle in act one.  I love this version of the rule.  In both chronological directions, it suggests where the storytelling goes next.

  1. How’s the whole writing thing working out?

It’s a really, really hard career to attempt.  There are no junior novelists, or assistant novelists or managing novelists.  It can feel very all or nothing.  Very romantic: rejection and heartbreak; thrill and transcendence; most of all hope, and the ache of hope. You have to keep finding the joy in it.

To learn more about Courtney, visit her home on the web at www.courtneysender.com.


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