Creative Beasts with Crayons

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(Originally published as part of Digital Writing Month, 2012)

Digital writing is emergent writing. It mutinies at the imposition of form, the edicts of the grammars of old. It rails to change the rules. It raises the flag of anarchy. The council of digital writing is one of spontaneity, rambunctiousness, the aloof horror of invention, the frenetic joy of dismantling what came before, and the abdication of the author. It is audacious, demanding that we writers free it from the prison of specific rigor. It emerges. It revolts. Continue reading

The Specter of the Author

“I find nothing so singular to life as that everything appears to lose its substance the instant one actually grapples with it.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

(Originally published as part of Digital Writing Month, 2012)

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The author is dead. She is become as a specter. Faceless, genderless, subject not now only to scrutiny within her own text but to exorcism from it. That text never again will be her own, but a relic of her fondest desire, her wish toward something that mattered, something that made her matter. Yet, she becomes no more than a wisp behind the words, a half-embarrassed face in the mirror, bodiless, wordless.

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