on unreliable narrators

One of my favourite tropes in media is that of the unreliable narrator. Typically, a tacit agreement is made with any piece of media before you enter it—that the narrator is telling you the truth of what is happening or has happened. This implicit trust in the narrator is shaken up in the case of…

on first drafts

Almost every famous author has something to say about the importance and the muckiness of first drafts. "The first draft is just you telling yourself the story."1 “Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.”2 "... you have to give yourself permission to suck, especially in the first…