October 23, 2013 | Guest Author
I once had a writing teacher who advised us to begin the first draft, not with writing, but sitting. Specifically, we were to descend to the basement and sit cross-legged on the damp floor. Preferably we would be wrapped in a sleeping bag. The basement, as I understood it, because we were meant to draw on our deepest subconscious. The sleeping bag, to protect our quivering writer egos.
October 10, 2013 | Guest Author
Did you know agents might not read beyond your first line? As a hopeful novelist, clutching a newly-completed first draft and wondering where to start with revision, I was aware that the opening pages of a novel were important, but I didn’t realize how crucial first lines could be until I met Sorche Fairbank, agent and Grub Street instructor.
October 8, 2013 | Colwill Brown
By Amy Yelin
Ten years ago, I entered the Lesley MFA program as a 34-year-old, newly married communications professional. During that first residency, I wrote, “My soul is doing cartwheels!” in my journal, opposite a page on which I was exploring my ticking biological clock and whether or not I wanted kids.
I asked one of my writing mentors, a married but childless woman, for her advice on the topic. She answered me in the same confident tone with which she always critiqued my manuscripts, instructing me to: “Only have one.” Case closed.
October 1, 2013 | Info
By Steve Macone
I. Know Your Gym From Your Job Site. Where is your gym and where is your job site? Anyone who’s worked in construction knows that, contrary to popular mythology, you don’t get buff on the job site. Sure, it’s exercise, swinging hammers and carrying 2X6s. But construction work is often jerky, bad for your back