Why Creativity Requires Both Playfulness and Discipline

Inspiration is wonderful, but it doesn't go far on its own. In this post, Grub Instructor Ben Berman explores the push-and-pull of inspiration and productivity.

 

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free ride hasn’t met my five-year-old.

 

Whenever it’s time to walk home from some outing she will start to deflate like a football in New England and will refuse to take another step forward until I hoist her over my head and onto my shoulders so that she can bounce up and down as we walk home, picking leaves off the trees or pretending that ...

September 12, 2018 | Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Craft, Process & Finding the Life: Jamel Brinkley Talks to Jonathan Escoffery

Jamel Brinkley's debut collection, A Lucky Man, has garnered great praise from all corners of the literary community. According to Publishers Weekly, the nine stories in Brinkley’s promising debut address persistent issues of race, class, and masculinity across three decades of New York City’s history.

Colwill Brown

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Tips on Getting Those Dreaded 'Blurbs' for Your Book

Asking for endorsements from established writers for your upcoming book can be a cringe-worthy endeavor. Katrin Schumann looks at how to do it right.

 

 

Does it influence you when a writer you admire endorses a book you're considering buying? For most readers, seeing killer blurbs from known names can make the difference. 

September 5, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

September Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The September 2018 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities

Colwill Brown

Grub News The Writing Life

Five Things Socially Savvy Authors Should Do Every Day

When I talk to authors trying to wrangle their social media activities, one of the big questions is what should I do every day to make the biggest difference? This is especially important to figure out so you can maximize your time and put your efforts in the right place. Savvy book marketers should be able to do the following five things in an hour or less every day

Crystal King

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