Last Minute Gifts for Writers - Virtual Style

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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring...oh wait, you are stirring?

Panicking perhaps? What on earth do you get your favorite writer that won't involve you traipsing off to the mall with the rest of the last-minute hordes? 

Good thing that I'm here to give you a few tips on the best virtual gifts that will make your writing friends sing with joy, joy, joy!

Crystal King

Hanging on the Telephone

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By Katrin Schumann


I'm in the phonebooth, it's the one across the hall

If you don't answer I'll just ring it off the wall


We all know what it feels like to be waiting for someone to get back to us. We've put ourselves out there, and now we're dying to hear what they think. Over Thanksgiving, I advised my 20-year-old daughter to take the leap and contact a boy she likes rather than waiting around for him to reach out to her

Katrin Schumann

Find a Way to Protect that Creative Space Within: An Interview with Author Louise Miller

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Louise Miller, author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/Penguin, August 2016), received a scholarship in 2012 to attend GrubStreet's Novel Incubator Program, where she worked on the final revisions of the novel, before signing with an agent and an editor she met through the Muse and the Marketplace Conference

Colwill Brown


How Novels Get Made: The Specific Becomes Universal

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Novels are big undertakings. That’s not an epiphany, it is a fact.

For proof, you may need to look no further than your own laptop, notebook piles, or margin scribbles. If you are purely a short-form writer and still need convincing, just pick up the last good book you read and really look at it. Then, whisper “how?” reverently into the pages.

This week, authors Claire Messud and Carmiel Banasky discussed everything that goes into a novel--from early ideas to the last edits--for a crowd at Newtonville Books

Cara Wood

Craft Advice

Why Writers Should Support Each Other

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This blog post is part announcement, part call to action. The announcement portion is that The Drum is now paying its contributors a small honorarium, and we are doing so before our fundraising machinery is guaranteed to support us beyond one year in this project. We are taking a risk. The call to action is that we writers should do what we can to bring the literary marketplace (in which we work) into the actual marketplace (in which we pay our bills)

Henriette Lazaridis

The Writing Life