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Sometimes this failure to resonate lies with the nature and scope of the experimentation. In other words, a successful literary experiment regardless of whether that experiment resembles realist fiction or your Settlers of Catan board has to do more than look weird on the page and I get the sense that a lot of newer writers think that experimental writing has to look weird on the page.
There is content to consider, literary tradition, context, and the metaphoric and aesthetic resonance of artifice and construction. Ben Marcus and Lance Olsen. Making a choice to eschew perceived conventional form for XYZ reason is just as valid and risky as choosing a particular POV or choosing a protagonist.
The question that remains, as with any piece of writing, is did it pay off? So, everything is an experiment. What are the rules? What is it supposed to look like? To get to the heart of some of these questions, I think we need to consider terms, categories, and the world of literature today.
If experimental writing is challenging convention, what exactly is conventional? These are writers who are taught in high school and college English classes.
Their works are considered classics.
But many classics were once ignored, thought to be too challenging, or dare I say experimental. Which is to say, there are certainly generational and cultural thresholds for what is or is not seen as different, and while some literary works may push the envelope of the norm for most everyone, the range of what is experimental or not lies largely with one's reading history.
The assumption being that vivid description, snappy dialogue, cultural references, and complex characters is what makes the real on the page. But reality, physical, metaphysical, mental, and emotional reality is rarely neat, linear, and contained. In many ways, experimental writing on the page and in other mediums marries literature and the interactivity of theater and the gaming world.
But there are no hard and fast rules for how to go about challenging the norm just as there is no international jury that will judge the absolute merit of your avant-garde efforts. Do you want to make sense and be innovative?
Do you want the stitching of your work to be obvious or hidden? Do you want to leave the reader at the precipice of latching onto your thought process? My bulleted thoughts to people who are writing and submitting innovative work are the following: If you take away the story or conceit, what is left?
Does it stand up after two pages, after four, after ten?
In other words, does the innovation become a gimmick? Is the gimmick strong enough for people to care? Support the literary community and read the work of your peers and mentors.
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