Excerpt From The Third Law of Motion, a Novel by Meg Files
Clear the Debris of Abstraction and Sentimentality
authored Meridian 144, a novel, Home Is the Hunter, a story collection, Write from Life, a text, The Love Hunter and Other Poems.
She edited Lasting: Poems on Aging, has been a Bread Loaf fellow and a James Thurber Writer-in-Residence and chairs the Creative Writing program at Pima College.
The Third Law of Motion is her
Author Archives: Meg Files
March 10, 2005 | Meg Files
After creating an exercise from which her
fiction writing students wrote stories, Meg
did the exercise herself.
says, "In my story, a woman is suddenly afraid to leave a grocery store.
Why? As I began the story, I didn't know.
I had this scrap of paper that said 'Fear of exiting a supermarket.' So...... Continue Reading
The Most Promising Fictional Characters are Obsessed
March 3, 2005 | Meg Files
"Our most promising fictional characters are obsessed," says Meg Files, Writing It Real correspondent and author of Write From Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences into Compelling Stories.
"They're looking desperately for love or passion or parents or fame.
They're searching for answers to questions they can barely ask.
Their obsessions offer writers a way to...... Continue Reading
Letter to a Young Perfectionist
March 4, 2004 | Meg Files
Meg Files is a novelist, short fiction writer, creative nonfiction writer, poet and writing instructor extraordinaire.
has helped hundreds of students write and publish their writing, and she
always takes their concerns seriously.
Recently, when one student's problem with writing lingered, Meg
wrote a letter in which she
imagines herself offering this student standard,...... Continue Reading
From High Midnight
July 3, 2003 | Meg Files
enjoys researching and uses what she
learns to set her
stories and to inform her
In the excerpt below, 19-year-old Hanna accompanies her
father, who is researching for a magazine feature article, on a car trip to a Western rendezvous.
Using modern characters with an interest in traditions of the West, Meg...... Continue Reading
Research and Creative Writing
May 1, 2003 | Meg Files
Novelist and poet Meg Files recently spoke on a panel at the Associated Writing Program's annual meeting.
talked about researching for writing her
and I conducted an email interview about how her
research affects her
imagination, and her