What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing

Welcome back to What We're Doing When We Should Be Writing, Grub Street's weekly assemblage of literary links. This week's edition features Margaret Atwood's rules for writing fiction, politicians' favorite books, and more. Come back next week for another riveting roundup.

  • "Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils." Rule #1 of Margaret Atwood's Rules For Writing Fiction.




  • This infographic breaks down the DNA of a successful book.


  • "When you can't create you can work." Check out Henry Miller's inspiring work schedule.

Now, if only keeping with a schedule was as fun as writing one.


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