Creative Writing at The New School

Natalie Fletcher is a writer from Kingston, Jamaica. She has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the New School, and most recently worked as an associate lecturer at the University of the West Indies (Mona).

1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?

Can’t think of one, but I love when the lines between the two are blurred. The best villains have somewhat understandable reasons, even if their methods are extortionate. I’m reading a book now where one protagonist wants to break a curse that has kept his ancestors in purgatory. He’s only the “villain” because he has to kill the other four “innocent” protagonists to do this.

2. When did you know you were a writer?

Recently, I’ve been telling people a writer is someone who writes. We then put adjectives before “writer” (like “published” lol) to differentiate. By that logic, I’ve been one since I was about twelve, as that was when I started making a conscious effort to write stories. That said, I didn’t really start to feel like one until I started my MFA. Now I tell everybody I’m a writer and suffer for it.

3. What are you currently working on?

I almost feel like B. Wordsworth from Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul, where I’ve been working on the same thing for several years and might die before I finish. With that in mind, I’m working on my spec-fic novel. As for how that’s going, to quote B. Wordsworth, “Oh it comes, you know. It comes.”

4. How has your writing process changed over the years?

I would say the biggest change is that now I write with intention. Before I wrote just for the fun of it. Now, when I sit down to write, it can still be fun, but there’s a goal in mind. We’ll see if I ever achieve it.

5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.

I write like cheetahs hunt: only in spurts with varying success, but I either keep at it or perish, so it’s a relatively easy choice.

Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.  

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