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Why Writers Should Support Each Other

This blog post is part announcement, part call to action. The announcement portion is that The Drum is now paying its contributors a small honorarium, and we are doing so before our fundraising machinery is guaranteed to support us beyond one year in this project. We are taking a risk. The call to action is that we writers should do what we can to bring the literary marketplace (in which we work) into the actual marketplace (in which we pay our bills)

July 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

The Writing Life

Being Ready

Three days after you read this blog post, I am going to start writing my third novel. I already know this because I have planned a gathering of writers in my house for this weekend, and we will all be holed up in our separate spaces working on our manuscripts. The difference with me is that my manuscript will be completely new on Saturday morning. I will be sitting down to write the very first sentences of the first draft.

May 27, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

The Writing Life

Audio: The Feeling

Last month, I posted about that feeling you have when ideas aren't even ideas yet but you can sense their almost arrival. As the founding editor of an audio-only magazine (currently taking submissions, by the way), I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and record the audio of that piece

April 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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The Feeling

You know the feeling, that feeling of a tickle or a whisper, or even less a faint presence of something in the back of your mind. Well, strictly not the back of your mind, but more the upper right- or upper left-hand corner. It just hovers there like some faint star you can’t see unless you look away from it. And even if you do look away, it’s hard to really perceive what it is.

March 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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On Shoveling: A Modest Proposal*

Studies have shown that the abstracted mind is an agile and creative mind. Scientists have found that when we distract ourselves from our work, we arrive at solutions and inspiration. The way to creativity, their experimentations suggest, lies through tasks that take us momentarily from our work and allow our minds to wander.

We might conclude, then, that New Englanders are poised to claim the title of Most Creative of Americans by virtue of the time they have been required of late to spend away from their jobs and family and recreations in order to shovel snow

February 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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