It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.
I think a lot about structure—the structure of a beach, the structure of a squirrel’s nest, the structure of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China, the structure of my family, the structure of a particular lane off Anfu Road in Shanghai, the structure of a chair, etc.—and how the structure, or anti-structure, of a novel or essay can reflect the structure of a thing or place or concept.
Right now, I’m looking at a row of stones that lines an overgrown garden-y space outside my office window , and I’m thinking about how I could write an essay that reflects the shape, rhythm, and pattern of those stones. Flat, roundish/tall, small headstone-y type, roundish/short, flat/triangular, turtle-like, a mere bump, etc. And then, of course, how to work in the lopped-off trunk of a tree that stands guard behind them.
Anyway, DIAGRAM publishes pieces that explore structure in a concise, schematic way. It speaks to my
obsession interest in place and how to express place on the page.
It’s cool. Check it out.
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