What is Brevity Looking for in the Brief Essay?
January 10, 2012 § 8 Comments
Here on the tippy-top floor of the Brevity corporate towers, we are just about fed up to our necklines with editor Dinty W. Moore, who does very little of the work yet seems happy at any moment to expound on “what we are looking for in a Brevity essay.” His latest off-the-cuff approximation of wisdom can be found this week on the River Teeth blog. Here is one gem from that conversation:
“You need to move in and out of scene quickly, you need to introduce language, diction, and rhythm immediately, and you need to establish place, character, and conflict right away – usually in the first sentence. “
Later he has the nerve to say this:
“I wish I knew how much work the magazine would become. I wish I’d been less of a control freak and brought in more people to help me sooner.”
Really? The sound you hear now is twenty or so senior editorial staff members spitting out their coffee.
Somebody sit this guy down and tell him it is time to retire, will ya?