Award-winning Canadian author Douglas Glover, on his latest book: a collection of essays on writing, Attack of the Copula Spiders, published by Biblioasis.

Today's Write The Book Prompt is to write what Douglas Glover playfully calls "a but-construction." In his new book, ATTACK OF THE COPULA SPIDERS, he writes: "Imagine any simple declarative sentence, and add the word but to the end." The example Douglas offers is: "The barn was red, but..." Now keep writing. See what complexity you might be able to introduce to this sentence, or another of your own devising, simply by adding the word "but." As he explains in the book, "I wrote the word 'but' and then had to write something else; the blank space demands completeness. I had no idea what I might put in there before I wrote the words. The result is pure invention, discovery, and rather fun."

Good luck with this prompt and tune in next week for another.

Music credits: 1) "Dreaming 1″ - John Fink; 2) "Filter" - Dorset Greens (a Vermont band featuring several former South Burlington High School students).

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  • Julia Brown

    Hello, Shelagh!

    What a FANTASTIC show! I was led here because of the Douglas Glover interview, and also listened to the Steve Almond interview. Long format, insightful questions - a great resource, Shelagh. Thank you!

    And: The pieces of music that bookend the show are gorgeous! I would love to know where to purchase them, especially the John Fink.

    Julia ~

    Aug 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm
  • Shelagh

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment about the show. I very much appreciate it. Of course, talking to Douglas Glover easily makes for an informative hour; he’s so full of insights into the craft of fiction - writing it and reading it.

    The music that opens my podcasts is, as you say, by John Fink. I know John and he was kind enough to allow me to use the music for my show. However, I’ve no idea if he ever recorded it for sale. I’ll get in touch with him and get back to you about where you might find it in the world. The closing music is not for sale; it’s by my son’s long-since-defunct high school band. But it will give him a big smile that you complimented it.

    Thanks again. I’m so glad you found Write The Book.

    Best, Shelagh

    Aug 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm