Posts Tagged: writers

Keeping Family and Writing Separate

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Here’s a question many writers loathe: what does your family think about your writing? Nosy readers gobble up the chance to connect a story’s characters and their real-life counterparts, and writers are generally sick of having their artistic lives colliding with their personal ones. At Catapult, Chloe Caldwell shares how she handles this busybody question. (And, if […]

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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.

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Overtime Changes Could Upend Publishing Industry Norms

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Changes to overtime laws could have a big impact the way the publishing industry pays staff. Salaried employees earning less than $47,476 a year will be entitled to overtime pay at a rate of one and a half times their base pay beginning December 1, 2016. This change could have major implications for the publishing industry […]

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Are Writers Too Safe?

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Is a lack of economic stability making writers too safe? Maggie Doherty argues “yes”: Nearly half a century later, we find ourselves at a different sort of crisis point. Radical literary experimentation continues, but it has become the privilege of a few. In Barth’s day, a robust welfare state supported writers. Public patronage programs provided […]

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Writers and Moral Obligation

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At the New York Times Book Ends column this week, Zoë Heller and Francine Prose discuss whether or not William Faulkner’s famous quote, “The writer’s only responsibility is to his art,” holds up. In other words, Heller asks, does producing great art excuse terrible human behavior? Her conclusion is that no, it doesn’t. Prose seems to […]

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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.”

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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.

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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 […]

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Are Writers Better with Age?

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Not everyone is going to make a “5 under 35” list. Actually, most writers won’t. Though the zeitgeist seems obsessed with youthful writers, older is often better, as this infographic from the Guardian charting the age of authors at the time they wrote their masterpieces reveals.

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How to Love a Writer

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Writers are not the easiest people to fall in love with. Many of the characteristics of a great writer also make for a horrific companion. Over at Ploughshares, Amber Kelly-Anderson explores some of the things to expect when the heart wants a wordsmith. Loving a writer is like rescuing a pet—it can be trying at times, but […]

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Rotten Apples and Other Writerly Customs

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Nearly any creative writing course, teacher, or mentor will give you the same advice—writing is a solitary act and is different for every writer. However, some of us writers are a bit more different than others. Brain Pickings shows us the wacky habits of many esteemed writers. We especially enjoy this anecdote about Friedrich Schiller: […]

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Writers and Their Day Jobs

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Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread…” In an interview with The Atlantic, poet Amy Woolard discusses her double life as a writer and policy attorney. The two versions of me–work self and writing self–seem like such different […]

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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! And also You are […]

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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. Some might call it a […]

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Computers Replacing Writers

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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. “The Narrative […]

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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 […]

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Writers and their Snack Choices

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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. She […]

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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 […]

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In all Seriousness

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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.

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