Ron Seybold

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My writing day: Hilary Mantel

‘Some days I have no idea what I’ve written till I read it back. It’s a life with shocks built in’<p>Some writers claim to extrude a book at an even rate like toothpaste from a tube, or to build a story like a wall, so many feet per day. They sit at their desk and knock off their word quota, then …

Threading

“I couldn’t imagine a better god than the one I already had: My father”: Author Val Brelinksi on why she’s not a “good evangelical”

The “Girl Who Slept With God” author on rural Idaho, parents’ god-like power and publishing her first book at 58<p>When she was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Val Brelinski, who had run out of short stories to hand in for workshop, sat down one afternoon thinking about her rather …

Biographies

Birthright

What’s next for Planned Parenthood?<p>The Planned Parenthood health center in Brooklyn occupies ten thousand square feet on the sixth floor of an office building across the street from a courthouse. After you get off the elevator, you have to go through a metal detector. A guard behind bulletproof …

What Writing Does to Your Brain [Infographic]

We’re all writers here, although we do sometimes struggle with how to call/label ourselves. One thing is for sure, though: we know that there are …

New Year’s Compassion

Wow, you’re such a moron. It was so stupid to think that you could have possibly succeeded.<p>Perhaps appearing to insult the reader may not be the …

Mindfulness

CAREYDRAWS

Written in the Bones. New comic, written by Christopher M. Jones & illustrated by Carey Pietsch.<p>I’ll have printed copies of this comic at TCAF, RIPE, …

Word Porn

How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>This year, I talked to nearly 50 different writers for the By Heart series, a weekly column about beloved quotes and cherished lines. Each author shared the life-changing, values-shaping passages that …

Your elusive creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person …

Creativity

Organizing Scrivener's Binder Part 1

I’m splitting this tutorial in two parts because there is much to cover. Part I will focus on everything below the draft icon until the Research …

Brain Pickings

Emerging Writers’ Series: What Louis CK Has to Teach Us

Big thanks to my friend Kellini who turned me on to this video clip last night. Louis CK talking here about his development as a writer and the role …

Women's TEA TIME

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human …

Harvard Business Review Explains What To Do When Good News Makes You Anxious

Mark Twain once famously said, <i>“I’ve had thousands of problems in my life, most of which never actually happened.”</i> Countless people around the world …

What to Do When Good News Makes You Anxious

No one in a position of responsibility wants to confess to “the jitters” or “sweaty palms.” Dislocate a shoulder and you can cry for sympathy all you want. But if you’re worrying incessantly about the quality of your work, letting on about it can feel risky — and generate even more anxiety.<p>In my …

Citizen Bezos: Amazon’s founder is looking for a legacy

The Washington Post offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon.<p>“I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” — Charles Foster Kane, <i>Citizen Kane</i><p>After hearing of Jeff Bezos’ $250 million cash purchase of The …