Katherine Dykstra

Writer/Editor

Guest Blog: An Essay Like Mousetrap

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A little something I wrote for Essay Daily about my job as Senior Editor at Guernica went up today. An excerpt:

I like essays whose inner workings are on full display, essays that don’t skip steps or make assumptions, essays that are logical, which is different from predictable. I am all for ideas that tangent and spiral but I want to be walked through these wrong turns, realizations and back steps.

The piece has to be like a game of Mousetrap, or like a Rube Goldberg machine. One sentence leading inevitably into the next. Each sentence completely dependent on the one before it. Every word clear, precise, considered.

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