What the hell is mezzofiction?
“What method acting is for the stage, mezzofiction is for the page.”
People ask me all the time why I make up new words, when the ones we have are perfectly fine. I usually respond to them “flugelbinder,” but only people who are into urban etymology or remember pre-couch Tom Cruise get it. My point is, I only make up words when the meanings of the ones we have are incomplete.
That and I can’t stick to a genre.
The truth is, I coined the term about sixteen years ago, to describe my quirky style of writing quasi-believable stories. The term doesn’t describe the validity of writing, or if it’s fiction or nonfiction. It describes how I write. “Mezzo” means middle, or medial, medium, so mezzofiction is a state of writing from a between space. I work a lot with trance; thus, I’ve learned to write from it. MezzoFiction is the result of writing from a trance space. In short, it’s method acting for the page. Characters, scenes, conflicts get in me and walk around until the last word is on the page.
I blame it on Amy Tan. In an interview after she wrote The Joy Luck Club, she said she felt like it had come so easily to her, as if it had been spoken to her in a trance. Needless to say she caught ten levels of critical hell after, from writers who felt that her remarks poo-pooed the hard work that we put into every syllable, and from critics, themselves, who felt she was taking the easy way out on accountability. The book went on to be translated into over thirty languages and won the National Book Award, among others. She can say she got it from wherever the hell she wants. It was a fantastic book.
No, I’m not saying I’m Amy Tan, or that writing in trance is always easy. I’m saying I understood what she meant. When I read her statement about writing in trance, it liberated something in me. I have a natural tendency to fall between many things in western culture—gender, orientation, life path… It is very natural for me to approach the writing process betwixt. Tan’s words gave me license to commit to those spaces I go to when I write, to let them be real, even if only to me. In accepting that flight into my own fluidity, my writing became more grounded. It transformed into my own style, voice.
So, yes, mezzofiction: the state of attendance to places unknown and unchartable, for the purpose of writing them down.
Mezzofiction author, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.
In summary: Fierce writes all kind of dirty things that you probably shouldn’t ever read…
Experiments in Mezzofiction http://www.fiercedolan.com
Writing Utopia, One Word at a Time http://www.fiercedolan.com/blog
Synopsis: Long in passion’s service, confident Asif enjoys his life as a thirty-something escort, bringing romance into the lives of metropolitan socialite cougars. Gifted at seducing wealthy white MILFs and bringing them endless pleasure, the arrogant Persian eschews investing in a personal life. A chance meeting with young artist, Cass, while on the job at a gala event, changes his perspective on women forever, and unleashes desires Asif never knew he had.
Enjoy Gigolo Seduction along with the Reader’s Guide.
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