John Mauk Guest Posts on The Rumpus – “THE LAST BOOK I LOVED: SEVEN NIGHTS”

Excerpt: “As a whole, Seven Nights is poetry—a carefully sculpted expression of wonder. And like the best poetry, it is also a distillation of volumes, a concentration of philosophy, religion, mythology, and even psychology. It looks hard at how people conjure and dream, how we yearn and tremble, how we fake ourselves out, and how gurus sometimes get beyond fakery. It is sweeping, polemical, non-stop beautiful, and terrifically destructive.” For the full guest post, click here:...

John Mauk Guest Posts on Portland Book Review

Excerpt: “Art that fits nicely into a slot isn’t art; it’s cultural fodder, dinner music, coffeetable books, framed watercolor prints on lobby walls. All such stuff is easy on the brain. It gets consumed automatically. But if literary writers are doing what we do best, we create work that doesn’t quite fit—that’s a foot or two out of bounds.” For the full post, click here:...
John Mauk Guest Posts on Writer’s Digest: “3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs To Accomplish”

John Mauk Guest Posts on Writer’s Digest: “3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs To Accomplish”

Excerpt: “How does a story compete with the real world and all of its lures: air, cell phones, family crises, food, and drink? For me, it all comes down to the narrator, to the storytelling voice. Narrators don’t simply say what happened. They create a reality, a world that readers believe, keep on believing, and want to keep believing. Whether first, second, or third-person, good narrators make fictive worlds real, which takes a lot of persuasive power—more than all the politicians in Congress. And while the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us…” For the full guest post, click here:...