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What’s the Good Word?

20 minutes agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

“Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words.  And here they are:  Nitwit! Blubber!  Oddment!  Tweak!”  J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Whether it’s Dickens struggling to find the perfect character name or Rachel Maddow working to introduce the word “kerfuffle” into our political discourse, a love […]

Collecting Poems into a Book: 5 Poets Share Their Method

I’ve been enjoying going through previous poet interviews to see how poets have shared common experiences–often in unique ways. So here’s one more directed around the concept of collecting poems into a book. Order the New Poet’s Market!...Show More Summary

Measure as a Mediation Between the Personal & the Collective: Alice Notley’s Benediction

Steve Zultanski wrote about Alice Notley’s Benediction (Letter Machine Editions, 2015) for the Los Angeles Review of Books in December, and the essay is a don’t-miss, as it furthers “[t]he tension between individual voice and the public function of collective utterance.” More: Notley’s work is not simply about the reality of the fragment (as an […]

Ottava Rima: Poetic Form

14 hours agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

For the first poetic form of 2017, let’s take a look at ottava rima. Ottava Rima Poems With an Italian origin, the earliest known ottava rima were written by Giovanni Boccaccio. In English, Lord Byron used the form to write Don Juan....Show More Summary

How to Write Better Villains: 5 Ways to Get Into the Mind of a Psychopath

In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Show More Summary

Storyville: 101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet

16 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

101 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year as a Writer Yet Column by Richard Thomas Ready, set, GO! Set some goals, and go after them. If it’s write every day, do it. If it’s write one story a month, do it. Just take it seriously and go after your dreams. Join some Open Call groups on Facebook. Show More Summary

Capturing the Memory of a Fading Homeland Through Poetry

NPR’s Alice Fordham travels to Cambridge to meet Nineb Lamassu, a researcher who is studying the traditional epic poetry of the Assyrian empire, which spread into what is now Northern Iraq. At a time when the Middle East’s architectural heritage is gradually being destroyed by ongoing wars, Fordham explains how Lamassu’s work will capture the […]

I’m Trying to Wreck Your Mind, That’s All

A few people have recently suggested that I write about my poetic evolution. In a poetry community it’s funny how a few can feel like a horde, a clamoring.  “A few people read my book and said it was important to them.” I’m not being cute. It feels big. I am motivated to think about […]

Meet the Agent: Helen Adams, Zimmermann Literary

Helen Adams (formerly Zimmermann) got her start in publishing more than 20 years ago: first at Random House—where she became Director of Advertising and Promotion—then as Author Events Director for an independent bookseller, where aspiring writers would often ask her how to get published. Show More Summary

At the New York Times, Mary Ruefle’s New Wave

For the New York Times’s Book Review section, Ben Ratliff reads Mary Ruefle’s newest Wave collection, My Private Property, containing “short reports” on subjects ranging from menopause to dolls, balloons, and coffins. To contextualize this collection within her larger oeuvre, Ratliff writes “Most of her poetry books have included a few short prose pieces, which […]

The Middle Of The Bridge

I didn’t ask you here so you could like me.I asked you here so that someone would know who I was.

Your Lips To Google's Ears: Voice Typing On Google Docs

20 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Talking versus typing with your old pal Google. Column by Peter Derk Let me tell you about this notebook I've got. The notebook itself is nothing special. A Mead 5-Star, college-ruled notebook. What's special about it is that it's full of one-sentence story ideas. Show More Summary

Alexis Almeida Reviews Daniel Borzutzky’s Translation of Valdivia, by Chilean Poet Galo Ghigliotto

At Asymptote, new reviews of work in translation, including translator and poet Alexis Almeida on Chilean author Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia, translated by Daniel Borzutzky (co • im • press, 2016). “How does Valdivia—Ghigliotto’s birthplace...Show More Summary

Insights into writing POV and avoiding “head-hopping”

There’s a good post on Writer Unboxed titled “Perception and How to Identify POV Leaps.” In particular, I recommend it to anyone who struggles with maintaining a consistent POV (point of view) in their narrative, but it’s definitely worth a...

Stuck on a Writing Goal? Use the Past to See the Way Forward

In the past few weeks, in the vernacular of salespeople, I’ve been girding my loins to make an “ask” about a promotional opportunity for my book. It’s not the technical aspects of the proposal which have me daunted so much as the prospect of being greeted with scorn. Like many of us, I’d rather walk blindfolded, […]

How Authors Can Empower Themselves as Creative Entrepreneurs with Kristine Kathryn Rusch

It’s easier to imagine a successful creative life when you have examples to model yourself on. Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, one of my online mentors and creative examples. Yes, I’m a total fan girl ???? In the intro, I share news that OverDrive Reports Library Borrowing of eBooks Up […]

Art is theft...in a good way

Here's a brief and delightful animation from Daniel Cordero that might just refresh your view of creativity: Art is Theft from daniel cordero on Vimeo.

New Literary Agent Alert: Sarah Bedingfield of Levine Greenberg Rostan

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sarah Bedingfield of Levine Greenberg Rostan) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About...Show More Summary

Ultimate Guide: How To Work With Beta Readers

So you've finished writing, rewriting and self-editing your novel. It should be ready for professional editing, self-publishing or querying now, right? Well, there's actually one more step in the process that we suggest you add: working with beta readers. Show More Summary

Audiobooks: Finding the Best Narrator for Your Book

Please welcome David Moss as our guest today. David is a freelance advertising copywriter whose debut mystery novel This isn’t a Game (Poisoned Pen Press) came out last year. He lives in Santa Monica, California. I have a lot of experience producing audio voice tracks for commercials, and I think many writers who want to […]

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