Writer Claire Hopple discusses kindness, the problem with complaining about your creative work, and mental fireworks. Writing , Process , Inspiration From a conversation with Shy Watson Highlights on Download as a PDF Your novella and stories collection, Echo Chamber has moments that remind me of Garielle Lutz . Is she an inspiration of yours? When writing, do you focus most on singular sentences? I have read some Garielle and enjoyed it immensely, but I don't know if I would say she's a primary inspiration. I feel like for this particular work, well, and for pretty much all of my writing, Amelia Gray is a huge influence. But you're right, I totally focus on standalone sentences and making every word count and don't have any superfluous description. How do you manage to make sure that every word counts? What are your stipulations for whether or not a word remains on the page? I think more than anything I start out sparse even before I've written anything down, and a lot of that probably comes from the fact that I assume knowledge of everyone. I think it's humility or false humility, I'm not sure which. But I think that if I know something, then somebody else clearly knows it, too. Even if it's a made-up story. And so it ends up requiring readers to fill in their own details based on the mood of whatever's happening. I think you do a good job with the writerly telepathy. I laughed so much while reading your book. I'm sure you get that a lot. The wordplay and puns were constant, and I can't stop thinking about when the gashed boatman asks Gretchen if that mangled ball python can be cured, and she doesn't answer because she doesn't know whether he means made into meat or healed. There are so many similar moments throughout Echo Chamber. Is wordplay important to you? And if so, what effect do you hope it has on your work? Wordplay is crucial, but that's really just my style and what I think is important. I have this inner […]
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