“I once asked a talented and fairly famous colleague how he managed to regularly produce such highly regarded 8,000 word features. “Well,” he said, “first, I put it off for two or three weeks. Then I sit down to write. That’s when I get up and go clean the garage.
Posts Tagged: writers
Twenty-one years ago, a week before Thanksgiving, you were admitted to Dorothea Dix State Psychiatric Hospital in Raleigh, NC....more
Writer, journalist, and critic Olivia Laing discusses her newest book, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, and the challenges of looking into the mind of an alcoholic versus the mind of a writer....more
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....more
Policy Mic has a fun post about the four worst things people tell young writers about writing.
Perhaps the most important of these to disregard is “Good writers always write well”:
Imagine you are someone who has no idea how to play a guitar.
There are those companies that don’t pay their writers to produce content in order to save money, and then there is this. Narrative Science software produces content. It’s being used by twenty companies in order to avoid taking on more writers (and thereby paying more writers) to turn data into a news piece....more
“…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....more
What kind of caloric encouragement do writers need to get through a day?
Snack choices are among the most important quotidian decisions we make, and often we’re consistent with the ones that work best. Our very own Wendy MacNaughton charts the snack decisions of authors in this beautiful graphic for the New York Times....more
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....more
We’ve been seeing a lot from Roxane Gay lately, on The Rumpus as well as in other literary blog realms. Ever wondered about her writing process? See what she has to say about writing in general, as well as about writers who seriously take themselves too seriously....more
“If your task is to push out the boundaries, and open up the universe, you cannot do that by sitting safely in the middle of the room. If you want to push out the borders, you have to actually go to the borders and push against them....more
“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.”...more
I’ve recently been in awe of the short stories of Paul Bowles, the American ex-pat novelist, composer, and translator who lived in Morocco and wrote The Sheltering Sky and who was basically Beat before the Beats.
Besides maybe Flannery O’Connor and Poe, I can’t think of any other short stories that have so riveted me....more
“Writing remains a very interesting job, but destiny, or “fat Fate”, as Humbert Humbert calls it, has arranged a very interesting retribution. Writers lead a double life. And they die doubly, too. This is modern literature’s dirty little secret. Writers die twice: once when the body dies, and once when the talent dies.”...more
Writing by hand does remind you, primally, of what this crazy thing we do is made of. The careful spilling of ink on paper, the joints and girders of letters. Paragraphs as immovable as cornerstones and the proud stab of a punctuation mark....more
This account of a New York colloquium designed to highlight Jack Kerouac’s Québéqois roots has an odd turn at the end, in which the reporter calls attention to the fact that the confab was part of a series on Latino writers....more