Inertia is the death of creativity. You have to stay in the groove. When you get out of the groove, you start to dread the work, because you know it’s going to suck for a while—it’s going to suck until you get back into the flow.
The second you are bitching about what another comic is getting you are going in the completely wrong direction. No one is getting your gig or your money.
From “(Mis)Adventures in Poetry” by D.A. Powell in The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House. Tin House Books: 2009.
Write every character as though they were the protagonist of their own story.
Booktrack - Litquake Booktrack Competition
The two central myths are one, that literary citizenship is all about self-promotion, and two, that it’s connected deeply to the “marketplace.” For example, a lot of students (and a lot of authors who clutter my Twitter feed with tweets about their own publications and nothing else) think that literary citizenship and platform-building means nothing more than promoting their own work. i’ve been curating In reality, it’s about completely saturating yourself in the literary culture—and then curating and promoting the work that interests you, so that other people will find it and care about it as much as you do.
Booktrack is a start up to bring soundtracks to music. This is do my kind of thing. And they’re partnering with Litquake for a contest with a $10,000 prize!
She is practicing, because she knows that there is no difference between practice and art. The practice IS the art.
Autographed books in stock! From the top: The Tenth of December by George Saunders, Rookie Yearbook 2 by Tavi Gevinson, The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen, This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt, The Future by Al Gore, Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk, Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem, NW by Zadie Smith, and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe — wait a second…
Here’s a great little writing tool: Hit small word counts and get rewarded by a picture of a kitten. I wonder where they’re sourcing the kittens from. Hope there’s not some kind of kitten sweat shop involved.
Query Quagmire: “The Bluest Eye” is banned, but you should read it anyway
The author [George RR Martin] is my age and it blows my mind that he’s able to create this vast, interlinked world. As a songwriter I write little movies. But I can’t imagine sitting down and writing even one small book. But then probably somebody like him couldn’t imagine writing Edge Of Seventeen or Rhiannon - couldn’t write a whole little life in two verses and a chorus. And of course I would love to write some music for Game Of Thrones. I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it - one for each of the characters. On Jon Snow… On Arya… On Cersei and Jaime.
Seriously? Toni Morrison is one of the greatest writers of all time. This makes me so angry.
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, 1970
Major spoilers below.
Why it’s banned/challenged: Because Toni Morrison wrote it. No seriously: she’s one of the most-banned authors in the country, with almost every book she’s ever written being challenged or banned at one point or another (Beloved…