Writers on Writing: My Writing Life with J.C. Lane
So you’ve committed yourself to NaNoWriMo. You’ve told your friends and family, posted on social media, created your book and its title on the NaNo website, bought your Winner T-shirt to keep you motivated, and now…you actually have to make it happen.
Why? You ask yourself. Why did I think I could do this? Why would I WANT to do this? Whhhhhhyyyyyy????? (Imagine yourself fleeing from your computer, flailing your hands in the air.)
Writers on Writing: My Writing Life with Elaine Will Sparber
My best friend in high school always chided me for centering everything. She was right. Even at fourteen, I’d walk into a room and head straight for the wall hangings and knick knacks. Today that’s called OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder.
I don’t have disabling OCD. I have the annoying kind that makes me a neat freak and list maker. I constantly straighten up my house, and I have a to-do list that’s six single-spaced pages long. My OCD has also made me a good editor, however. I’m not just detail oriented, but detail bedazzled.
Writers on Writing: My Writing Life with Karin Gillespie
Writer Daniel Boorstin said, “I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren’t open that early.” I tend to agree with him. Not necessarily about the bars but about writing to illuminate unsettled issues.
Over the years, I’ve gotten my share of grief for writing lightweight fiction. More than once I’ve received reviews that were prickly pats. Here’s a paraphrased example: “The read was enjoyable and accomplished for a guilty pleasure, but make no mistake, this isn’t great literature.”