Tag Archives: Herman Melville

Call Me Huck

Photo of whale surfacing

Writing my last post on Eudora Welty’s ideas about the importance of place in fiction got me to thinking. What if Huckleberry Finn had been born a New Englander instead of in a small town on the Mississippi? How would … Read more »

Don’t Kill Your Characters (reprise)

Image of Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab

(While I’m away, here’s something to think about before you knock off another protagonist.)  I mentioned some time ago that in my short story class I have very few rules. One of them is this: “No writing about serial killers.” … Read more »