Harry Crews died this week, the original Rough South author, on Wednesday. And I’m really sad about that. His writing advice has helped me so many times in the past year.
Ben LeRoy of Tyrus first alerted me to Crews’ Youtube video on writing last year, and I’ve watched it many times since. Crews’ points on metaphor and answering questions are two things any novelist should listen to, and as I’ve revised my novel Graphic The Valley yet again this past month, I’ve thought often about following Crews’ advice.
I’ve posted this video link before, but I’m posting it again here to remember Crews, and to introduce him to those who haven’t heard him speak. It’s also a great testament to Crews’ character that he looks like he does, has that nasty cough, reiterates one of his themes in his list, etc., and doesn’t care. Not at all. Crews is just Crews: