As a writer of personal nonfiction, I worry that with every memoir or essay, I risk fragmenting and simplifying my life into words living on pages.
It’s about suggesting, right there on the page, that the writer is no more important than the reader.
The difference between interactive and traditional fiction isn’t a clear binary at all: Both require an approach to structure that balances openness and control, and each contains lessons for the other.
You’ll start to note the difference between your longer- and shorter-form ideas—but if you’re not sure, there are some questions you can ask.
Toni Mirosevich explains the writing process behind one of her Catapult essays and explores one of her craft theories, which she calls “opening the gate”