News from DeadDarlings

This month at DeadDarlings we turned up the air conditioning and drew our inspiration from some unusual sources. Here is a look at some of the places where we get our ideas:

From the Buddha

Belle Brett meditates about how to know when a project is done in "The Sound of One Hand Clapping." 

July 14, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Still Learning to Take Up Space: At the VONA/Voices 2017 Summer Workshops

Writer Allison Scott shares her experience at the VONA/Voices summer workshops, an organization founded by Junot Díaz, Diem Jones, and Elmaz Abinader, authors who wanted to support growth in, and create a platform for, writers of color. VONA now makes its home at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

July 7, 2017 | Allison Scott

The Workshop

Twenty Tips from Published Writers (That They Wish They'd Known Earlier!)

By Katrin Schumann

The best advice comes from people who have been in the trenches. Battled the highs and lows, enjoyed successes and perhaps been disappointed--or delighted--by the unexpected.

I recently asked some of my writer colleagues, friends, clients and former students--all now published--for advice they wish they'd known before launching into the process. Here are the top twenty tips:

July 5, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Rosa Liksom's Compartment No. 6

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's installment focuses on the English language translation of Rosa Liksom's Finnish novel Compartment No

June 28, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

News from Dead Darlings

Here at the Dead Darlings office we've been asking others for their advice. Last month we spoke to several novelists about craft and looked closer at the stressful process of finding an agent.

From the writers' room

Lauren Grodstein, author of Our Short History, shares how writing for an audience of one helped her find her narrator's voice. 

June 16, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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