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How to Know When to Quit Your Novel

By Katrin Schumann

Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?

Why? Because in the months before publishers began showing interest in my novel, The Forgotten Hours, I had seriously been considering changing careers and giving up writing altogether. This was a huge deal for me since I basically can’t do anything else (at least not well, and with enthusiasm).

June 5, 2019 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

In Defense of Cluelessness

Author Spencer Wise on the importance of getting lost in your writing and how not to squelch the vital energy of your work.  




Last month, I found myself teaching a session at GrubStreet, where I’d taken my first fiction workshop almost two decades earlier

May 17, 2019 | Spencer Wise

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What I’ve Learned about Writing from Movies

GrubStreet Instructor, Ben Berman, discusses how we must learn to shift between different mindsets throughout the writing process.

My five-year-old is obsessed with Kung Fu Panda – though the scratches all over my neck are not from her best impersonation of Tigress but because every time we try to watch the movie she gets so scared that she clutches onto me for dear life.

May 8, 2019 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

The Sliding Scale of Narrative Distance

Short Story Incubator instructor, Ron MacLean, shares his thoughts on use of narrative distance in fiction. Ready to take your short fiction to the next level? Join us on Wednesday, May 29th, 6:00-7:30pm for an informal Q&A session on our Short Story Incubator program. Instructor Ron MacLean will be there to answer any questions you have about the Short Story Incubator program. We'll give you all the information you need to know about the application process, what the program entails, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind.  

 

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April 26, 2019 | Ron MacLean

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What We Can Learn from Poets

“Poetry is to prose,” wrote Paul Valery, “as dancing is to walking,” and in this post Ben Berman previews his upcoming Muse and the Marketplace session on what kind of dance moves prose writers can learn from poets.

 

 

A couple of summers ago, I decided to take a break from writing poetry in order to try my hand at penning a screenplay.

March 13, 2019 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life