Posts tagged writing
Posts tagged writing
Need to post this on your door when you’re writing?
Neil Gaiman on Writing- “You have to write when you’re not inspired.”
Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing and on Women in Writing- “I wrote my first two books when I was a diner waitress and bartender…I did whatever work I had to do, and I honed my craft in my stolen hours. Hours that…
I want to bag a writer, any advice?
Recite Matthew Dickman’s poem “Slow Dance” into the ear of a poet, and you will end up with a hickey on your neck (even before you get to the chandelier part!). Also: Be kind to poets, they’ve made peculiar life decisions, and bear in mind that these people are inexplicably excellent in bed.
Quote Lorrie Moore to a fiction writer, and you’ll end up pregnant. Please for God’s sake do not ask a fiction writer if you can find their books in a store. You can’t. These people are crumpled, spiritually, by rejection, even the ones who are doing well. Alternatively, if you’d like to see this person weep, tell them your writer friend says her promotional tours are grueling—her publisher flies her from city to city for weeks on end. Ask if they also find this exhausting.
You don’t want to have sex with a writer of creative nonfiction. Unless it’s Samantha Irby (author of Meaty and the blog bitches gotta eat), who’s probably not going to be at AWP anyway.
This is pretty true except for the CNF part…unless you’re worried I’ll write about my sex life. Because I do that.
Also, this is true:
Special tip for bar owners.
If you own a bar within a mile of the convention center, double your order this week and add additional staff. Writers are, almost by definition, broke, so they won’t drink a single one of your special $12 cocktails, but they are also, almost by definition, drunks, so they will put back ten $5 mojitos.
And yes, this useful stereotype is true:
Earnest nonfiction writer: Bad childhood. Or they did some study abroad and it blew their mind, and now you’re going to hear all about that month in a favela near São Paulo. Counterintuitively, these people are NOT trawling for material. They already have it.
I’m not kidding when I say fiction people keep threatening to steal the stuff I tell them.
Anyway, if you don’t know what AWP is, this is it. The only thing I think Peter Mountford forgot is the people who meet up with their extramarital affairs at the conference. Because that happens. Writers are not known for stable relationships sometimes.
And I prefer wine to mojitos, but okay.
God, I wish I were going.
“My name is Ernest Miller Hemingway. I was born on July 21, 1899. My favorite authors are Kipling, O. Henry and Steuart Edward White. My favorite flower is lady slipper and tiger lily. My favorite sports are trout fishing, hiking, shooting, football and boxing. My favorite studies are English, zoology and chemistry. I intend to travel and write.”
— Ernest Hemingway, Age 9
Don’t forget to dot those i’s, Ernie. :)
"Form Rejection Decoder Thingy" from Brevity
(which I just printed out and made because life.)
Chad Harbach at Housing Works Bookstore, 2/25/14
Every masterful writer has a unique voice: Think James Joyce’s avant garde stream of consciousness, Mark Twain’s just-folks dissection of the human condition, Ray Bradbury’s nostalgic haze of poetic reverie, Bill Bryson’s mirthful menageries of adjectives and…
At what point can you claim this title? The answer might surprise you.
Writing tips for teens
…of all ages