Category: Writerly Advice

How Abigail Thomas Creates Narrative Tension

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
A guest craft essay by Paul Zakrzewski on narrative drive in the segmented memoir: Recently, I found myself re-reading Abigail Thomas’s Safekeeping, a fabulous memoir-in-fragments about marriage and motherhood. And once again, I’m struck by a contradiction at the heart of the book: How…


Feel better, Little Buddy, it’s just a rejection letter

Sometimes those rejection letters get you down. Sometimes it is easy to slip into that mindset where you believe that rejections are some sort of reflection of the quality of your work. I do my best to shake it off. I re-read my work and remember why I believe it

Ploughshares Literary Magazine

The Five Pillars of Place by A.J. Kandathil

I just read a great article that I wanted to share with fellow writers who are working on projects that prominently feature place. “The Five Pillars of Place,” by A.J. Kandathil, is available from Ploughshares. Kandathil identifies the Five Pillars of Place as: Position Economy Young vs. Old Greek Chorus Lexicon

How to make it as a freelance and other tips for leading a writer’s life

I came across this lovely little video of Neil Gaiman giving a graduation address to Arts students. I love his advice on how to make it as a freelancer: “But you get work however you get work, but people keep working, in a freelance world—and more and more of today’s world

David Foster Wallace on Perfectionism, Clever Writing, and Teaching