What Has Surprised You About The Writing Life? Intriguing Answers From Acclaimed Authors
huffingtonpost.com – Monday September 28, 2015
I've had the great fortune of interviewing many acclaimed authors. They always have much to say about the craft of writing. One of the questions I've asked often has been "What has surprised you about the writing life?"
Here is what some of those widely read authors said...
What I learned from writing over 800,000 words in two years
thenextweb.com – Saturday September 26, 2015
Writing didn't come naturally to me, therefore I had to set daily intentions.When I decided I wanted to write more consistently, I sat down at my laptop one day and popped open a Word doc. I stared at the blinking cursor on that blank white page for what felt like forever. That's about the time that I disappeared into the catacombs of YouTube.
Why are men so bad at writing sex scenes?
telegraph.co.uk – Friday September 25, 2015
So, Morrissey is terrible at writing about sex. The only surprising thing about this is that so many people seem surprised: realistically, expecting the famously-once-celibate author of the line ‘There are explosive kegs/between my legs' to pen a tender exploration of lovemaking is a bit like expecting Eminem to write a genre-defining pirate romance novel.
Why writing a book through letters is beautiful and wild
theguardian.com – Wednesday September 23, 2015
Author Leah Thomas is in love with letters, that spill their messy, chaotic, over-sharing, unreliably narrated content out into the world – and that's why she wrote her epistolary novel Because You'll Never Meet Me.
“Keep Dying! Keep Writing It Down!” C.K. Williams’ Final Poems Capture the Velocity of Death
flavorwire.com – Tuesday September 22, 2015
C.K. Williams, whose poetry of moral and political probity spread outward from unsparing introspection, died at his home in Hopewell, New Jersey on Sunday at the age of 78. Williams is survived by his wife Catherine, who told the New York Times that he died of multiple myeloma.
Between the novel and the book
thebookseller.com – Monday September 21, 2015
What do Hard Times, Middlemarch, Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, and many more of the greatest novels ever published have in common?
When they were first published, they were not published as books. They were published serially.
People unfamiliar with the history of something tend to assume that what they've always known is the way things have always been. That's why most people think the 20th-century model of publishing, which favoured the publication of novels in book rather than serial format (I call it the "Doorstopper Model"), is a "traditional" form of publishing. It's not.
How To Handle Rejection of Your Writing, Without Becoming a Basket Case
io9.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015
Rejection is part of being a writer. Unless you're that one-in-a-billion wunderkind who gets "discovered" while you're still in high school and goes on to become a literary sensation. Almost everybody who writes stories (or anything) has their work dismissed and sent packing, over and over. And learning to deal with rejection is a crucial part of getting better at this crazy game—both the writing part, and the selling part. But it never gets easy.
Pete Kalu’s top tips for writing non-cliched multicultural characters
theguardian.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015
Who does the washing up? How many kisses on greeting? Why avoid writing about Indian weddings? The award-winning playwright, poet and novelist Pete Kalu shares how to create multicultural characters that are well rounded but not cliched
Self-Publishing and Living the LLC Dream
huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015
I've always wanted to be a writer, and as a child I imagined my name on the cover of several novels. As I've grown up into a digital age, the possibilities for being a writer today seem endless, and nowadays one doesn't have to rely on the mercy of large publishing companies to grant you your dream come true as self-publishing has fully come into its own in the publishing world.
The vanity presses
abc.net.au – Sunday September 13, 2015
Hundreds of Australian authors pay thousands of dollars to 'vanity publishers', often based on unfulfilled promises that their books will be widely promoted and distributed here and overseas. Hagar Cohen investigates the dubious practices of one Australian publisher as she tries to find the authors' books in any bookstore.