I've gone back and forth on this. One thing I can say is that when I achieve flow in a short story or longer-form fiction, the last thing I want to do is open another tab and start blogging about it. I don't want to do anything other than stay in the flow. But no … Continue reading Does Blogging Mess Up a Writing Life?
A few weeks ago, I order ordered books from Powell's. When the box arrived on Monday, it weighed 14 pounds. Saul Bellow, D.H. Lawrence, and Joseph Conrad top the list. Some things I've read before but had not previously owned, and other things that will be new to me. Reading as a writer, that is, … Continue reading Fourteen Pounds of Books and Gift Receipts
"Every good writer or filmmaker has something eating at them, right? That they can't quite get off their back. And so your job is to make your audience care about your obsessions." - Bruce Springsteen Not a bad way to think about it. Not the only way, but a very good one.
Today, around your Thanksgiving table, I hope you're able to hear and share good stories. Meaningful stories. Stories of how it is and was with you and all your people. John Steinbeck, from this piece in The Paris Review: "A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his … Continue reading John Steinbeck on Telling Stories
Make a Nerdy Living: How to Turn Your Passions Into Profit, with Advice from Nerds Around the Globe by Alex Langley scratches at least two itches. One: It's a motivator. If other people can do it, you can at the very least try harder than you probably are. The section on writing includes important, insightful … Continue reading 30-Second Book Review: Make a Nerdy Living
I think I first became familiar with the work of Stanley Fish in a literature seminar at Yale taught by the late Lana Schwebel. The course, which focused on the work of John Milton, was cross-listed at the Div School, where I was a student, and the English department. One of the other students had … Continue reading Seeing Poetry, Looking Away
I was at a reception last night for an organization I care a lot about (I also serve on the Board). It was a great community event, and it reminded me, again, that no matter how good it is to be in the flow of the creative process, it's also good to just be out … Continue reading Good to Be Seen