This is the answer I get when I ask: when am I done with my book? When it’s as good as you can possibly get it. Well, never then. I can edit forever. So I need to figure out some other kind of guideline. Maybe it’s done when I stop carrying my idea notebook with […]
I spent a season in wonderment of composers of musicals. They have to know about so many things: writing music, the effects of different instruments, singing, choreography, storytelling. I went through a phase where I was jealous of visual artists. Because I felt like visual artists could do anything and get away with it. (Sorry […]
Today is my last day as a writer in residence in Nebraska City. I don’t want to go I love it here. I love getting up early to write. My favorite hours are the quiet ones when the light changes from grey to white. I’ve learned that at 7:40 every morning the school bus comes […]
I have always had a problem with literary geniuses. Or mostly with people being referred to as literary geniuses. At first I thought it was a gender thing. I was annoyed that most “geniuses” were men. Then I thought, you know, maybe the problem isn’t gender, it’s just pure jealousy. I want to be a […]
When I am stuck on a story I go back to the beginning and rewrite the first sentence and try to make it the truest it can be.
I’ve been writing some articles and blogs recently that are a bit, idk, more professional than my usual style. And I realized, to my own disappointment, that I was tending to refer to men by their last names and women by their first names. Find all of your contradictions.
Recently I read a book that I really really liked: A Visit From the Goon Squad. The characters are dynamic (and many). The story is enthralling. But then, it’s not too hard to find enthralling stories with dynamic characters these days. What Egan does uniquely well in Goon Squad was create a cohesive picture of one person’s life. Egan uses the usual storytelling […]