Knowing the impact that one perfect novel had on my life, I set out with my colleagues, Paul Stiff and Josh Conviser, to understand America's relationship with books--research we were doing for a grant from the National Science Foundation for our company's innovation in book discovery.
The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Robin Black's Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide
In the more than twenty years since Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, one of the first and
Current publishing trends are such that writers need to have an author platform before an agent or editor will sign them on. An agent friend of mine told an audience at a panel we sat on together, "Get the TED talk first and then come talk to me."
Very soon I will come up on my one year anniversary of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and having a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. When I look back on the year, that event was just one part of the year. I also had an enormously creative year.
Let's all follow suit.
Writer's block is the dreaded mental stumbling block many authors have come to fear. You know, the awful feeling you have when your usually prolific talent with words hits a verbal roadblock?
I have no idea how I found Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life that year, but I was mesmerized by it from the beginning -- like everyone says, it reads like a novel.
Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions.