This week, we will be discussing the story, “Creative Writing” by Etgar Keret. It recently appeared in the New Yorker, and immediately caught my attention with the first paragraph:
“The first story Maya wrote was about a world in which people split themselves in two instead of reproducing. In that world, every person could, at any given moment, turn into two beings, each one half his/her age. Some chose to do this when they were young; for instance, an eighteen-year-old might split into two nine-year-olds. Others would wait until they’d established themselves professionally and financially and go for it only in middle age. The heroine of Maya’s story was splitless. She had reached the age of eighty and, despite constant social pressure, insisted on not splitting. At the end of the story, she died.”
The story is about a man whose wife takes a creative writing class after a traumatic miscarriage. Subtly, the reader learns more about the wife’s feelings about the miscarriage and the marriage through her stories in the creative writing class. The twist is seeing the husband stumble through these insights.
As a writer, I completely understand how my own life subtly and subconsciously enters my fiction. “Creative Writing” does a fantastic job of capturing the creative writing process.
How does this story relate to your own creative writing process?