Lesson 14A Lesson by Tantra Bensko
A mainstay of Experimental Fiction is disrupting the straightforward linear narrative flow. Life is rarely exactly linear, and neither are out thoughts over the course of a day. Our subconscious flows back and forth beneath the surface. Linearity can get boring. And it can feel like glue, everything stuck in an inexorable way.
If you free the sections so they can be shuffled, prioritized, rearranged, that gives a sense of expansion, excitement, newness, and can reflect the subject matter.
Write a story in which you skip around. I'm not talking about formal foreshadowing and flashbacks. You can skip in time or in many other ways, but make it anything but ABCD format.
Maybe your main character isn't thinking linearly, maybe has dementia, is obsessed so goes in circles, is responding to a chaotic situation, is multi-tasking, is having a spiritual peak experience and experiencing no thoughts but everything at once.
Maybe the narrator isn't trying to tell about a straightforward list of events but entertain in some unique way.
Maybe the milieu is made up of people going back and forth quickly, lots of information exchange at a fast pace whizzing past, lots of people talking at once.
Maybe the story is about discontinuity.
Maybe the concept is mathematical.
Maybe by stopping and starting, you create a certain mystery or the meaning adds up as a whole.
Added on March 19, 2013
Last Updated on March 19, 2013
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