The writing coaches and consultants at WriteByNight just can’t help but be … well, helpful. Even when they’re not providing our signature one-on-one writers’ services to an aspiring writer, they’re thinking of ways to make your writing process more fruitful.
The gist? Have faith, avoid trappings, open your heart and mind.
If you care to contribute your own words of wisdom, feel free to do so in the comments section below. And stay tuned for Part II, coming soon!
Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to the newest addition to the WBN team, Anisse Gross. Get to know her in the Q&A below. Interested in working with her? That can certainly be arranged.
Where are you from?
I am from Kahalu’u, O’ahu.
What are writers searching for online? Presenting (yet) an(other) A-to-Z experiment in Google autocomplete.
“Writing is like …
The first link is to a quote ostensibly from Stephanie Zimbalist (of Remington Steele fame—way to stay current, Googlers!) that reads “Writing is mentally stimulating; it’s like a puzzle that makes you think all the time.”
Another thing mentally stimulating? Editing. Editing is mentally stimulating; it makes you think all the time, and it makes you delete unnecessary analogies. Because “Writing is mentally stimulating; it makes you think all the time” is a fine quotation.
Though come to think of it, “mentally stimulating” and “think” are close to redundant. And does writing really make one think all the time? Or does writing make one think while one is writing? Actually, since there’s no way for a human *not* to think, I think we can lop off that entire clause.
“Writing is mentally stimulating; it’s like a puzzle that makes you think all the time” becomes
“Writing is mentally stimulating; it
‘s like a puzzle that makes you think all the time” becomes
“Writing is mentally stimulating
; it’s like a puzzle that makes you think all the time.”
Man, that was like a puzzle. It made me think all the time!
(Autocomplete nos. 2 and 3: a muscle, a relationship)
Ah, Tortured Writer Syndrome, how I’ve missed you read more
(To skip the piffle/folderol and get to the contest, go to paragraph #5)
Baseball’s Opening Day is the surest sign of spring. Yes, it kinda/sorta snowed in NYC this morning, but that won’t postpone the Mets’ 1:10 p.m. start, by which time it should be nearly 60 degrees, and perhaps even a little sunny. And yes, there will be plenty of rainouts, and even a snowout or two, in the weeks ahead, but, as Bart Giamatti wrote, “The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings.” (Of course, the rest of that piece goes something like “Oh my God life sucks hard and winter is coming and I can’t stop time.”)
My half of the brain trust here at WriteByNight will be taking the afternoon off, but I wanted to get up a new Micro Fiction Challenge before I turn on my glitchy MLB package and bliss out.
Baseball is a game in which a successful batter performs at a 7-to-3 rate of failure, and one becomes a legend by failing in “only” six of ten at-bats. read more
New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment, is next up in our State Writing Resources series. Yootó Hahoodzo in Navajo (speakers of which make up over 4% of the population), New Mexico is Nuevo Mexico in Spanish, although, in a little-known fact (which I just now learned), the territory/state was named New Mexico well before the nation south of it was named Mexico.
When I think of New Mexico writing, Ed Abbey comes first to mind. Abbey attended UNM in Albuquerque, spent some time in Taos and (I believe) Santa Fe, and was perhaps literature’s fiercest defender of the American Southwest. Other writers with New Mexico ties include Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima), Cormac McCarthy, Denise Chavez, and Tony Hillerman, who wrote the Leaphorn and Chee Navajo crime series. George R. R. Martin, the Game of Thrones dude, makes his home in Albuquerque. And activist, novelist and poet Paula Gunn Allen spent most of her life in New Mexico, writing and teaching and stirring the pot.
Presented in no particular order, here are thirteen New Mexico writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a resident of this Land of Enchantment, or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more
It’s been awhile since we’ve offered a simple writing prompt (outside of the Micro Fiction Club), so if you’re looking for something to get you into gear today, grab pen and paper, write the following quote at the top of the page, and just let it flow, yo!
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Anais Nin)
And if you want to get real crazy, post your work in the comments below, or email us about the experience.
Leave it to NYRB Classics to rescue yet another lost gem of literature. If you know the name William Attaway at all, it’s most likely because he wrote the Harry Belafonte version of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).” Summarized in rather amusing fashion on Wikipedia, “Attaway’s novels were not a major attraction to critics at their time of publication,” but in 2005 NYRB Classics reissued Blood on the Forge, Attaway’s depiction of the Great Migration, a topic we touched on when we discussed perhaps my favorite novel, Toni Morrison’s Jazz.
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