Why Creativity Requires Both Playfulness and Discipline

Inspiration is wonderful, but it doesn't go far on its own. In this post, Grub Instructor Ben Berman explores the push-and-pull of inspiration and productivity.

 

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free ride hasn’t met my five-year-old.

 

Whenever it’s time to walk home from some outing she will start to deflate like a football in New England and will refuse to take another step forward until I hoist her over my head and onto my shoulders so that she can bounce up and down as we walk home, picking leaves off the trees or pretending that ...

Ben Berman

The Writing Life

Tips on Getting Those Dreaded 'Blurbs' for Your Book

Asking for endorsements from established writers for your upcoming book can be a cringe-worthy endeavor. Katrin Schumann looks at how to do it right.

 

 

Does it influence you when a writer you admire endorses a book you're considering buying? For most readers, seeing killer blurbs from known names can make the difference. 

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

Everything Novel: Madeline Miller on Power and Magic in Circe

This month at DeadDarlings, New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller spoke with author and Novel Incubator graduate Rachel Barenbaum about Miller's latest novel, Circe. The book, which was released by Little, Brown this year, traces Circe’s life from her childhood in Helios’ halls where she meets Prometheus, to her exile on Aiaia where she is launched into meeting Daedalus, Odysseus, Medea, the Minotaur and more. You can read the full interview on our blog, but here are some of the highlights for all the writers in the room. 

 

 

Most of our readers are writers—and we want ...

The Editors at Dead Darlings

Grub News Interviews

Make Room for Surprise in Your Writing

There’s nothing wrong with writing what you know. But in this post, Grub Instructor Ben Berman looks at how the writing process also offers us the opportunity to discover what we know.

 

My five-year-old always protests whenever she sees me bring out my poetry bag—the briefcase I use when I go out for readings—knowing that I won’t be home in time to tuck her in.

Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

First Time Authors Share Seven Things that Surprised Them After Selling Their Books

The traditional publishing process can be full of surprises for a first-time author. Here's what a few writers publishing in 2019 have learned since signing on the dotted line.

 

We make all sorts of assumptions about what it will be like to actually become published authors for the first time

Katrin Schumann

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