I am a writer with big dreams. A little over a year ago, I quit my full-time job to become a full-time freelancer. I pick up a few editing and marketing jobs on contract to help pay the bills, but I’m pushing hard after the writing career I’ve always dreamed of.
Chasing a big dream for me, however, means struggling with a mindset of “never good enough.” If I am doing the writing I want to do and making the money I need to make, why am I still going after more?
July 29, 2015 | Charity Singleton Craig
The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates
I'm a big fan of Socrates (and yes, I have to admit that Bill & Ted forever messed up the pronunciation of his name for me). However, I think if I had known him in life, I probably would have poisoned him too. Why? Because of that very question—why.
July 27, 2015 | Crystal King
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)
July 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis
Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.
From The New Yorker, Bee Wilson writes on the simple joy of reading about meals of others:
July 21, 2015 | Grub Daily
At this year’s Muse and the Marketplace conference, we talked about the lack of racial diversity in the publishing industry, and how it shapes our ideas about what an author looks like. Between the manifesto for inclusion set out in the Marketplace Keynote with literary agent Regina Brooks, and Aminatta Forna’s rousing speech about the aesthetic/political dichotomy in art and how it falls across lines of race and national identity, we’ve joined the global conversation on the intersection of race and writing.
But is it enough?
Recently, in response to a summer reading list from The ...