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Posts Tagged: writing

You’re Jonathan Franzen or You’re Nobody

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“I write because I’ve always wanted to know what bankruptcy feels like.”

John Winters gives his sobering reaction to the hotly debated “MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction,” in his essay, “Why I Write: 2014 Edition.” He details the emerging culture in burgeoning novelists produced by MFA programs, whether NYC is really the best place for a writer to be, and why he keeps writing despite the tough economic climate.

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My Book Failed

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Emily Gould is broke.  Writing her first book got her into debt, which leaves her to wonder, now what?  She muses, “How could someone who had been so mistaken about the narrative structure of her own life hope to write a novel?”  Read the rest of her journey so far on Medium.

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Ray Bradbury on love, life, and writing

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The folks over at Brainpickings have unearthed a video from 1974 from a show called Day at Night where guest Ray Bradbury talked about writing, love, and life.

“I use a library the same way I’ve been describing the creative process as a writer — I don’t go in with lists of things to read, I go in blindly and reach up on shelves and take down books and open them and fall in love immediately.

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Shocking News: Writers are Poor

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If anyone was still laboring under the impression that writing is a lucrative business, a new report from Digital Book World is here to pulverize your hopes and dreams.

After interviewing 10,000 authors at all different points in their careers, DBW found that “the majority of authors make less than $1000 a year” from their writing, and “only 10 percent of traditionally published authors made more than $20,000.”

Read more and check out graphs of the data in this Galleycat post.

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Trapped Inside the Novel

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My problem with the grand traditional novel—or rather traditional narrative in general, short stories included—is the vision of character, the constant reinforcement of a fictional selfhood that accumulates meaning through suffering and the overcoming of suffering. At once a palace built of words and a trajectory propelled by syntax, the self connects effortlessly with the past and launches bravely into the future.

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A Day in the Journalistic Life

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The life of a writer is rarely depicted as glamorous.

We do it because we must. But sometimes we also must do other things like eat, and pay for shelter over our heads, or support those dependent on us. In the age of of information inundation, with high reader demands and little money to go around, the situation is bound to get tense.

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Monomania: Why Writing All By Your Lonesome Kind of Sucks

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Over at the New York Times “Draft” blog, Benjamin Nugent, author of Good Kids, breaks down the romantic notion that locking yourself away in the “primeval hush of the Midwest” is a certified boon to your writing.

Instead, Nugent discusses the “Victorian foil” of monomania and the way that too much alone time can actually be detrimental to the creative process:

Writing a book consists largely of avoiding distractions.

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