• Q&A With WriteByNight Co-founder David Duhr

     

    David Duhr, co-founderWriteByNight co-founder David Duhr (New York, New York) is fiction editor at the Texas Observer and writes for the Dallas Morning News and others.

     

     

     

     

     

    Where are you from?

    I grew up in Milwaukee and have since lived in: Denver; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Austin; Florida; and now NYC. Love ’em (Boston) or hate ’em (Denver), all of these places have informed my writing in some way or another.

     

    Where did you study?

    I went to three colleges four times and have one degree. The key lesson: You learn more outside of the classroom.

     

    How did you get your start as a writer?

    As a kid I wrote dozens of stories about baseball, straightforward play-by-play narratives: “Here’s the pitch. Strike one! Here’s the next pitch. It’s a ball.”

    That colorless style helped me transition seamlessly into reviewing books, which I’ve done for outlets including the Iowa Review and Gulf Coast, the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Observer, Publishing Perspectives, and others.

     

    What is your favorite thing about educating writers at WBN?

    Seeing a writer reach his or her goal(s). It sounds like a simplistic answer, but it’s not.

     

    What is the hardest part of writing for you?

    Staying motivated and on task through the middle of a project, after the excitement has worn off and when the ending still feels years away.

     

    What is your strangest writing experience?

    I once published something I thought was gorgeously witty, and the right kind of sarcastic, and I was very self-satisfied. I couldn’t wait for it to run, because I knew it would bring me lots of compliments and the fun attention some of us so desperately need.

    Instead, I got emails telling me I was way off base, mean-spirited, and not at all amusing in any way. And not one compliment.

    The lesson? I dunno. I still think the thing was funny, so clearly I haven’t learned anything.

     

    What’s your favorite word?

    Book.

     

    Word association: Literature.

    Book!

    See, I’m not very creative. (“Here’s the next pitch. It’s a ball.”)

     

    What’s the last book you read and what did you think of it?

    The Safety of Objects, A.M. Homes’ 1990 story collection. She is never dull.

     

    Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to accept unsolicited help, but be equally unafraid to ignore it if you feel you should. And don’t be afraid to offer help. So many writers are competitive with other writers, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

     

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