Are you finding it hard to write? We live in deeply unsettling times, and it's easy to get distracted by all that's going on in the world. Here's a brief list of ideas to jumpstart your writing and help you get out of your own head for a moment:
1) Apply to a writing contest. Years and years ago, I won a local short story prize, and it gave me the confidence I needed to keep plugging away at my writing
In the September 2020 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, taking place virtually. See below for our list of local literary happenings.
Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00 PM | Event Fee: $0 ($3 contribution suggested)
Friday, August 21st at 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome author Shruti Swamy for a virtual discussion of her debut short story collection, A House Is a Body. She will be joined in conversation by Megha Majumdar, author of the widely acclaimed novel, A Burning. For more details and to register, click here.
About A House Is a Body
Dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with identity in the twelve arresting stories of A House Is a Body. In “Earthly Pleasures,” a young painter living alone in ...
Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome author Daniel Hornsby for a virtual discussion of his debut novel, Via Negativa. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed author Andrew Martin, author of the story collection Cool for America
I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books. The majority of them seem to be worried about becoming overly influenced by the voice, themes and even plot of the book they're reading.
Personally, I can't imagine not reading fiction for the many years it takes me to complete a novel. And in terms of being influenced: I'm actively looking for inspiration and ideas. I want to be influenced.