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Be Awkward, Quick, Insolent: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

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Writing

How Writing Has Been Going Lately

I wrote the first drafts of two novels last year. I wrote them quickly — the first in three and a half months at around 800 words a day, and the …

Creative Writing

Organizing Our Books

I’ve been thinking lately about organizing our books. Alberto Manguel, in an excerpt from his forthcoming book <i>Packing My Library</i> on the Paris Review …

Reading Widely, Deeply, and Not At All

Reflecting on the books I’ve read gets me thinking about why I read so much. There are plenty of people who read much more than I do and plenty of …

The Artist’s Way in Daily Doses

I’m reading <i>The Artist’s Way</i> by Julia Cameron. I started and abandoned it years ago after reading just the first section on Morning Pages, which is a …

Creativity

My Favourite Books of 2017

The end of the year is upon us, accompanied by the necessary reflection on the books read over the last revolution around the sun, in particular the …

New Life in the Void: Poet Lu Ji on the Art of Writing

Lu Ji was a prolific writer in early China (261-303) whose best known work is <i>The Art of Writing</i> (originally <i>Wen Fu</i>, also translated as <i>Essay on</i> …

More Interesting than Everyday Life: On the Writing Day (Part 2)

Last week I posted quotes from five authors on the details of their writing day. Today I bring you six more insights into the fascinating everyday …

Creative Writing

Not Measured in Minutes or Hours: On the Writing Day (Part 1)

I love reading about the writing days of published authors and comparing them to my own. Seen close up, they don’t seem so different from how my …

Writing

Spending It All, Every Single Day: Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

As a lover of books on the craft of writing, I’d had Dani Shapiro’s <i>Still Writing</i> on my to-read list for several years. It was her recent …

Creative Writing

Drawing Boxes Around Words: Draft No. 4 by John McPhee

John McPhee has been a staff writer for <i>The New Yorker</i> since the 1960s. His work has been collected in dozens of books. <i>Draft No. 4</i> is a collection of …

Writing

A Writer on Vacation, Not Writing

I didn’t write a word during our vacation last week. It’s taken me a solid five days to feel ready to get back to writing. I’ve been sighing …

Productivity

Wasting Time Wisely as a Writer

Wasting time isn’t always counter-productive. Distraction is just as important as focus and discipline in the creation of good work. New ideas appear …

Time Management

Rupi Kaur’s Creative Writing Exercise

In a recent profile, Rupi Kaur (the Instagram poet, author of <i>Milk and Honey</i> and now <i>The Sun and Her Flowers</i>) describes a writing exercise she gave …

Writing

Reading in Bed Before Sleep

The light from the lamp casts no shadows. Your book is propped at the perfect angle. The pillows are fluffed just so under your shoulders and head. …

Tom Waits

Roxane Gay: “I work too much. Don’t make it an aspiration.”

A reporter asked Roxane Gay (author of <i>Bad Feminist</i> and <i>Hunger</i>) on Twitter to share productivity and/or time management tips. Being a sucker for such …

Writing

A Necessary Autumn

Very little grows<br>on jagged rock.<br>Be ground.Be crumbled,<br>so wildflowers will come up<br>where you are.You’ve been stony for too many years.<br>Try something …

Wildflowers

Yaa Gyasi’s Writing Desk

In a recent essay at <i>The Guardian,</i> Yaa Gyasi (author of <i>Homegoing</i><i>)</i> describes her anxiety awaiting the delivery of her new writing desk. It’s not just a …

Creative Writing

Two Novels, One Year

Although the sum total of words I’ve written over the last 20 years would fill several books, before this year I hadn’t completed a novel since …

Writing

A Struggling Writer

Awaiting the next draftI’m a struggling writer. I finished the first draft of two novels this year. Those two sentences don’t sound right next to …

Creative Writing