If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's second novel.
Americans love quick fixes and snake oil, they always have. It's not surprising, then, that so many writers are following what's going to be a false lead for most of them. It's really tempting to imagine yourself just a hashtag away from fortune and fame.
Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough to pay the bills.
I have fallen so deeply in love. I am not even officially divorced. My life is in that numinous sweet spot of healing and new beginnings. Like I quoted in the video that's making waves, "Honor the space between No longer and Not yet." -Nancy Levin
When I heard about Miles to Go, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a thirtysomething, tattooed, Jewish writer in Los Angeles with commitment issues, I knew it was something I needed to see. As that more or less describes me (sigh).
What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.
Since I made that decision to leave the workforce and drive my own professional writing business, doors have just opened. Doors to the kind of opportunities that are helping to shape my future as a writer.
Most often, creativity seems to be a modern day paradox that is all about receiving attention amidst the creative project and for the creative output. I believe creativity's original intention, with the ego removed, has been lost within the chaos.
Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.
In the beginning, there existed an island -- uninhabited but for the Arctic fox -- sculpted by snow and ice, wind, water, and fire. This wild, windswept land had no name, until settlers arrived in the 10th century, and made this place their home.
As a country, we grapple with more than our share of discrimination challenges--where people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities (to call out only a few of the bigger groups) feel its blow every single day.
It is that time of year when writers from all over the country apply to the studio and network writing programs. I am the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC and have been for the last eight years.
Hemingway also made the statement that, "There is nothing to writing. All you do all you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Leave to good ol' Papa Hemingway to be his dramatic best, but he has a point. We bleed creativity.