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Five Things Every Literary Writer Can Learn From Commercial Fiction

By Calvin Hennick

I’m not a huge fan of the distinction between “commercial” and “literary” writing. I think that a good book is a good book, and if it happens to make the author a heap of money, then so much the better.

November 5, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

Craft Advice

Disrupt Your Writing Process

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By Calvin Hennick

 

In every writing class I teach, I ask my students to complete in-class writing exercises. Some find them helpful, and others don’t, but there’s a reason I do them, and it isn’t because I want to kill 15 minutes of class time while I check football scores on my phone.

In class, students generally work longhand instead of at a keyboard

October 1, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Sell Out … With Me, Oh Yeah

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By Calvin Hennick

If that headline means nothing to you, you may be young enough to camp out on a friend’s couch for the next six months, attempting to write the Great American Novel and eating nothing but ramen noodles. Have fun!

But, if you’re now humming along with the ska horns in your head to Reel Big Fish’s 1996 sorta-hit “Sell Out,” then chances are you’re old enough to have a mortgage payment or daycare bills to worry about. Read on.

September 4, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Don’t Be an All-or-Nothing Writer

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By Calvin Hennick

For two years, I did little else besides work on the novel.

Or, more accurately: “The Novel.”

Or, most accurately: “THE NOVEL!!!”

I holed myself up in my office, scribbling out a 700-page longhand first draft in a few months, and then I wrote to the end two more times. Every book I read, every movie I watched, even a foreign language I tried to learn – were all research for The Novel

August 6, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Get Your Group On

By Calvin Hennick

Why does this post feature a picture of ice cream? Read on... Why does this post feature a picture of ice cream? Read on...

July 2, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

The Writing Life