The idea of “High Concept” was addressed in Edith Wharton’s book, The Writing of Fiction, which just came into the public domain. This is what she says: First, ask: What judgment on life does the story contain for me? Quote: “A good subject, then, must contain in itself something that sheds a light on […]

June 23, 2021

Thoughts on The Writing of Fiction by Edith Wharton…by Jennifer Probst

  I was re-reading Michael Ventura’s brilliant piece, The Talent of the Room, and began thinking again about the power of solitude. *The full piece is printed with permission in my book, Write Naked.* In a world where everything moves so fast, from a tap to like an IG post to a swipe left to […]

June 17, 2021

Lessons in Solitude…by Jennifer Probst

“Story doesn’t allow us to escape reality but navigate reality.” – Lisa Cron, Story Genius Excuse me, while I blow the dust off of this blog. I’ve been gone the past few months finishing up writing two brand new books and diving into extensive edits. When I go that deep into the hole, I step […]

June 10, 2021

The Power of Story…by Jennifer Probst

I wrote this letter to my son this morning. Since I post a blog every year on his birthday, I thought I’d just copy and paste it here so I’ll never forget. Time is a funny, squiggly, tricky thing. Posting milestones through my writing to mark events helps me make sense of my world. I […]

February 3, 2021

A Letter from Mom on your 16th Birthday

    I did a special post delving into all the intimate details of planning and executing the perfect trip – inspired by my newest release, Our Italian Summer. Get your Italy on click to read more:

January 6, 2021

Behind the Scenes of Our Italian Summer