Posts Tagged: writers

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Raeff

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Married authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, both winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, discuss their craft, their process, and the way they negotiate the give and take involved in sharing a vocation. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Dean Koontz

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Dean Koontz talks about his newest novel, Ashley Bell, overcoming self-doubt, and “what this incredibly beautiful language of ours allows you to do.” ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Bill Clegg

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Author and agent Bill Clegg talks about his new novel, Did You Ever Have A Family, grief in fiction and in life, and why there is no finish line except the final finish line. ...more

What Not to Say Around Writers

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Writers have heard it all from readers, non-readers, strangers who question if books are still relevant, acquaintances who sigh about how nice it must be to stay home all day and write. Several popular authors have taken to Twitter to air their grievances with the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter, and Time has the story, along with some of the best highlights.

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Great Book Dedications!

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Here are 30 book dedications that are probably just as good as the book.

Included in this amazing round up are Tobias Wolff, John Steinbeck, Charles Bukowski, and C.S. Lewis.

Here is one from A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genuis:

First of all:
I am tired
I am true of heart!

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Gratitude

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Even without a government shutdown, writers are not usually known to be a happy bunch.

“Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy,” author Connie Willis once said.

It is often necessary for writers to dwell in certain worlds and mindsets in order to get their message onto the page.

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All of Us, Anchored in Place

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“…isn’t it strange, I mean, this thing about being a human being breathing and thinking and sensing and dwelling always, always, in a place?”

This essay in the Millions is all about place and home—how all aspects of living occurs in some sort of physical context, all readers are anchored in some sort of “inner geography,” and how being from somewhere is key to a writer’s ability to observe and report honestly on the experience of living in a new place.

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Reading For Money

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Literary festivals are blowing up (at least in the UK), as evidenced by the new festivals that popped up this year alone, even though it’s increasingly difficult to get sponsors and funders in these times. To get the funds flowing for writers, there may be a new trend in the works:

“A combination of the recession in book advances and the decline of traditional book sales has made the writers who attend these festivals for nothing suddenly conscious of their role as ‘the talent.’ Not only do they want to get paid for their efforts, the literary agents who represent them have begun to explore the commercial possibilities of running speaker agencies as part of their overall service.

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What Will My Facebook Say When I’m Dead?

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“New online lockboxes allow you to specify beforehand who’ll get your passwords, which private Flickr photos should be purged, and what final status should be posted at Facebook, but these services are no substitute for a will. And writers and other artists should be especially careful about relying on them.”

Maud Newton ponders the potentially troublesome issue of digital remains, especially for writers.

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