Archive for On Writing

NaNoWriMo: Yes or No?

November 22, 2017

NaNoWriMo says: “Write. Write. Write. Stop over-thinking it, stop pre-editing yourself, stop stopping. Sit down, shut up, and write.” It’s a worthy message.

The Joys and Sorrows of (Writing) Historical Fiction

October 9, 2017

Writing historical fiction sure is a lot of hard work. Really, why bother?

A Lesson in Every Object

September 30, 2017

These gorgeous little book-length essays showcase compelling writing on an expanding array of the everyday.

The Datum is Clear: Language Shifts in Real Time

August 24, 2017

It used to be that word definitions and accepted usage shifted gradually over years and multiple editions of Websters. What to make of language evolution in real-time?

Between Obligation and Desire: An Interview with Des Cooper

August 23, 2017

Des Cooper discusses how her fiction has been shaped by external expectations and pressures even as it explores the interior life that pushes out against those boundaries.

Too Big to Edit?

June 17, 2017

Good editing makes good books. Authors and publishers forget this at their peril.

Write Now: Of Pitching and Publishing

May 12, 2017

A recap of the Books Alive! 2017 Washington Writers Conference, held by the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

September 22, 2016

Can a stingray wound become literary gold? Does the stingray get a vote? Hmm. Whose story is it?

When Your Favorite Author Breaks Your Heart

July 20, 2016

What is a reviewer to do when faced with a favorite author’s disappointing latest book?

E. A. Aymar, Author of the DEAD Trilogy, Talks Noir and Sympathy

January 20, 2016

Noir thriller writer E. A. Aymar discusses dark impulses, character empathy, and Star Wars with Jenny Yacovissi.