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The Camber: Author's Commentary


Part of a continuing series wherein I make commentary on my stories from a craft, narrative theory, and general writing perspective. If you haven't read the story, I recommend heading to my fiction page and reading it first. All the stories discussed here are available there—most for free.



The Author’s Take: (definite spoiler and not much else except one surefire writing tip)


For now, I don’t really have much to say about “The Camber.” And I’ll say it straight, I’m being a little coy here. There’s definitely something about this story that if I say will ruin it, at least for me. If you can figure it out, kudos to you.


But until then, all I have to say is this: if you’re ever writing a story and you think, “Damn, this story is a little boring; what can I possibly do to liven this sucker up a bit?” The solution is in “The Camber.” Whenever someone walks in carrying a body, things are going down.


Might also work as a writing exercise. Seriously, just chuck a dead body into the mix. See where things go. It may just take you places you never thought you’d go. And hell, at least it won’t be boring, right?


Here’s hoping…


P.E. Rowe

December, 2019

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