Picture it: you schlep up to the Delta International counter at Logan, lugging a suitcase full of 62 pounds of orange clothes. You know there are 62 pounds because that's what the digital readout says when you gruntingly wrestle the suitcase onto the scale. You know the clothes inside are orange because you're going to Holland on book tour and the Dutch national color is orange; therefore in the past several months you've spent a thoroughly indiscriminate amount of money on clothes that make you look, as your partner put it, like the world's best-dressed prison escapee.
September 27, 2012 | Jenna Blum
I’m tempted, with first drafts, to believe that once my writing arrives on the page it’s the way the writing is meant to be. Donezo. I’ve fallen into this trap over and over again. Because it would be so fabulous if I’d gotten it right the first time around.
Mostly I haven’t. Trust me, I learned this the hard way. So these next words have the weight of considerable blood, sweat, and tears behind them: Good revision is all about reaching beyond the comfort zone of that first effort.
September 20, 2012 | Info
by Marc Foster
Kelly carried her novels on an iPad with a clip-on keyboard we all coveted. Rob carried his on a MacBook Air. He would set the sleek machine nonchalantly on the seminar table next to his iced coffee. Liz never seemed to carry any novels at all. One hand folded over another, she would lean to one side and comment from memory, no matter how complicated the plot or how numerous the characters
September 13, 2012 | Info
by Barr Bielinski
You're a writer. You’ve published a book, or you’re working on one that you will publish. You’ll need readers. And what better way to get them than racking up some stellar reviews?
So you ask your friends. Your acquaintances. You ask around your social media circles. Your only unsolicited review comes from your mother. This book will win world-wide acclaim for its mega-talented author. You cringe. But she gives you five stars. Everyone does.
September 4, 2012 | Info
By Ruth W. Crocker MFA, PhD
Not long ago in a writing workshop, a colleague offered to read a personal essay I had written about a difficult life experience. My kind friend reported back that he felt as if I was dragging him, sad and depressed, to the abysmal end of the story. "I don't want to feel as if I'm being forced to feel bad," he said. “Where’s your sense of humor? And you’re not having any fun, either.”