In school there were always those kids that did their homework in the car on the way home. Or during passing periods. Or in class even. Well I was not that kid. It haunts me still. Now that I have slightly overcommitted myself. With the jobs and the writing projects. And every day I feel […]
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.
At some point during college I went to a guest lecture about writing. I don’t remember the lecturer except that he was old and white (which is allowed). I do remember when he said something like, “Elizabeth Gilbert and Eat, Pray, Love…now that’s not what I’m talking about when I talk about good writing.” I had just read Eat, […]
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 […]