ARCHIVE FOR Ethan Gilsdorf

Does a Fog of Fantasy Obstruct the Harbor of Your Literary Dreams?

grubstreet Image

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

By Ethan Gilsdorf

I remember my first published piece. It was in the newsletter of a food co-op in a small town in Vermont. And I remember thinking, you gotta start somewhere. I was psyched.

March 18, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

pep talk

How to Write About Grief: Revise the Story of Your Life

grubstreet Image

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

 

I used to say that loss made me a stronger person. Now I say, loss made me a weaker person.

Both are true. But each was true at a different time in my life. Because my idea of myself, and the losses that shaped me, and the story about this I tell about myself, has also changed over my life. And as a writer, I try to show these changes.

February 19, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Freelance Secrets monthly columnists The Writing Life

I was a teenage (and possibly disturbed, passive-aggressive, and very weird) writer

grubstreet Image

Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

Last year, visiting my father and stepmother, I discovered a trove of letters. 

My letters. 

Ever since I was six, my dad and stepmom had moved away. I lived in New Hampshire, and they lived in Montreal

February 3, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

monthly columnists The Writing Life

Do it, then write about it: With immersion writing, take on fresh experiences

grubstreet Image

by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

One of the problems with writing personal essay or memoir is that it's often difficult to decide what to write about, or how to frame your subject matter

December 17, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Craft Advice

On Publishing, Regret and that "Oh Shit" Moment

grubstreet Image

by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

We’re supposed to feel excitement about getting published. And I do. But sometimes, for me, that "Yahoo!" feeling of joy is quickly superseded by another, more painful feeling: remorse.

November 20, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Craft Advice The Writing Life