Chestnut Hill Local: Kramon Kicks Off Creative Writing Institute, July 20

July 13, 2012

On July 13 Chestnut Hill Local featured Sue Ann Rybak's interview with Justin Kramon, a novelist from Chestnut Hill, Pa., who will give a reading from his critically acclaimed novel, Finny, on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The reading is part of Arcadia University's Creative Writing Institute. In the interview, Kramon explains how writing became a career and not just a hobby and talks about what it's like to have work edited and critiqued.

CH Local: Some writers have told me it’s hard to have their work edited or critiqued. Does it bother you to have things cut out of the novel?

Kramon: I want it to be as streamlined as possible. Cutting out something or changing things are all part of the process. It can be challenging, but a lot of that is because you have spent a lot of time alone in a room with this book. I think adding other people’s ideas or hearing other people’s thoughts about it help, if it’s a good conversation. My experience has been pretty good. I have gotten a lot helpful hints from editors at Random House. It was good because it was a conversation.

CH Local: Do you ever think about quitting?

Kramon: I definitely think about giving up writing all the time. It’s constantly hard for me. I guess it takes commitment. And a lack of better options – just kidding. It would be disingenuous of me to say that it gets easier because I’m not sure it really does – or should – even though there are things I’ve learned. Maybe you figure out a few of the mechanical things over time. And maybe you get a little more faith in yourself at some point. I am still waiting for that one. It’s just a very long and sometimes discouraging process, but it’s also the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done in terms of work.

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