The Nature of the Fun

Kristopher Jansma
A newsletter about the role of "Fun" in creative writing (and how we can find it again)?
Created 31 Mar 2021
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  • The Five Point Plan
    04 Oct 2021 • 12 min read
    Josh Hamilton & Eric Stoltz in Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming (1995) Today’s Writing Music: “Dread in My Heart” by Mother Mother Today’s Reading: Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and...
  • Bonus Post #3
    23 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    Hi everyone! Just a quick bonus post I wanted to share, since it overlaps with a lot of what I’ve been writing about in the newsletter. Last month I had the great chance to interview my former profess...
  • Running & Writing
    19 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    Portrait of the Artist Before Starting a 2-mile Run This Morning Today’s Writing Music: J.S Bach, Goldberg Variations BWV 988, Gile Bae, Piano Today’s Reading: The House of the Spirits by Isabelle All...
  • On Writing, and Having Written
    05 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Zadie Smith, whose essays “That Crafty Feeling” and "Joy” inspired me this week Today’s Writing Music: “The Outdoor Type” by The Lemonheads Today’s Reading: “The Ambiguous Loss of (Probably) Not Selli...
  • Making Books
    22 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    The Somewhat Complete Works of Kristopher Jansma (2011) Today’s Writing Music: “Don't Carry It All” by The Decembrists Today’s Reading: Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Ten years ago, on my twenty-ninth b...
  • Confessions of a Blocked Writer
    08 Aug 2021 • 13 min read
    Amy Tan, in a MasterClass video about Writer’s Block Today’s Writing Music: Feeling This by Blink-182 Today’s Reading: Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith “You know, if you want to hear interesting conve...
  • On Revising, More or Less
    25 Jul 2021 • 10 min read
    Edits by Gordon Lish to “Beginners” by Raymond Carver, better known as “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” (Credit: Jane Tracey, Ploughshares Blog) Today’s Writing Music: “I Don’t Like the Ma...
  • Bonus Post #2
    11 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    I’d planned a longer new post this weekend but (best excuse possible!) I got so absorbed in a new fiction project this week that I completely lost track of time. So, as a follow-up to the last post, I...
  • Words words words
    27 Jun 2021 • 10 min read
    Today’s Writing Music: “It’s Every Season (Whole New Mess)” by Angel Olsen Today’s Reading: Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor In “The Old Dictionary” a short story by Lydia Davis, the speaker ruminates...
  • How to Con Yourself and Others
    13 Jun 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Today’s Writing Music: “Elevator Love Letter” by Stars Today’s Reading: A Separation by Katie Kitamura This week I’m pleased to have contributed to Catapult’s Don’t Write Alone, which dissects craft a...
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