Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.
Often the real reason we hesitate is simply because we are afraid of the unknown. Here are ten steps that will demystify the creative process and help you get started on writing your first (or your next) book.
This is the latest in our series on the short story--its unique aesthetic, how it's different from the writing of a novel, who are some of the form's major practitioners, and what it takes to craft a successful short story.
Why are we all in such a rush to be published? It's a question I ask myself a lot. Are we spilling out words like joyless automatons, publication, publication, publication the only thought in our heads?
I am often asked by beginning writers if they are "allowed" to write about something or someone. It seems to me that these are the last questions any creative person should be asking, at least at the beginning of a project or a career.