A few writing-related links I’ve enjoyed recently (and you might, too!):
Sarah Waters’ Ten Rules for Writing Fiction at Aerogramme
I prefer to think of articles like these as containing advice rather than rules, but either way I really liked this one. And I love Sarah Waters’ books. I especially like her point that “novels are for readers.” But my favorite point is “don’t panic” — I’m in the middle of a novel draft right now and can definitely use that reminder.
Anna Pitoniak’s What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing at Lit Hub
This whole post was great. I enjoyed Anna Pitoniak’s discussion of what she calls “writerly throat-clearing.” I do a lot of this in my rough drafts and can always use a good reminder to cut all of that out in revisions.
Writing Excuses Podcast Episode 10.13: Where is My Story Going?
I love this podcast. I listened to this episode the other night while hanging up wet laundry and I’m just tired enough that I can hardly remember what it was about now, but it was infinitely more interesting than hanging up laundry to dry. I think they talked about “the long middle” and genre, among other things.
I’ve been thinking a lot about beginnings lately.
Apparently I’m not the only one.
“Now then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now: but to begin.” From “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen http://www.online-literature.com/hans_christian_andersen/972/
“We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains out.” From “The Question of Where We Begin” by Kyle Minor http://www.centerforfiction.org/the-question-of-where-we-begin
“The day my mom checked out, Razor Blade Baby moved in. At the end, I can’t stop thinking about beginnings.” From “Ghosts, Cowboys,” in the collection Battleborn, by Clare Vaye Watkins.
I was thinking about beginnings with the last short story I wrote, and I’m thinking about them now, beginning a novel again and again, sometimes only in my head, and sometimes on paper. Mostly not on paper, though. “But to begin,” says Hans Christian Andersen. “But to begin. . .”
I’m way behind with this update, but I have a little piece, “Hatchet,” appearing in PANK 9, a gorgeous print issue that came out in fall 2013.