Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept…?

A: I’m an ideas-gal. I love to start with a big, weird, capital-C Concept. When I stumble across a world or scenario full of questions and potential, I start looking for the tension point: the moment or location or character that makes the story come alive. Once I have a general idea of what kind of world or situation I want to explore, the first line usually staggers in, fashionably late and slightly inebriated, and the story takes off from there.


Amelia Fisher’s story “Lingua Franca
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 October 2020.
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