Concerning Craft: On Keeping a Broom

Nice Article. I know I’ve done a lot of sweeping the past two years.

Little Patuxent Review

This month our guest essay is by former LPR contributor Erica Plouffe Lazure whose debut collection of stories, Proof of Me, goes on sale next month. Preorder her book here.

*Woman Sweeping, Edouard Vuillard, 1899.

the writer Erica Plouffe Lazure


Oneof my Bennington writing teachers likes to say that even the best writers can’t expect to craft brilliant fiction every day, but in those stretches when the words won’t come, we should aspire to continue “the work.”

“Sometimes that just means sweeping the porch,” she’d say. Whenever she said this, I often pictured some version of myself pushing a clutter of letters into a dustpan. But what she meant, of course, was that, on the days when we can’t generate new material, we can always dust off a work-in-progress and start tinkering. We can research literary journals, catch up on our reading…

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About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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