July 29, 2013, by beth
I have to let you in on a little secret: Bookstores give me hives (metaphorically, not literally, but perhaps they would literally, too, if I stayed in them long enough). All those books that I’m not reading … or writing. Cue inferiority complex.
Being a writer, I feel bad about this. For one thing, the cliché image of the writer browsing much-beloved books in a musty, stacked-to-the-gills store, looking for her next delight, is one I … Read more
July 22, 2013, by beth
On the long road of the writing life, you’re going to encounter a lot of clichés—people are going to foist them upon you (“English major? What’re you gonna do with that?”), you’re going to meet a lot of them at parties (Dude with the black turtleneck and vinyl record collection, you need a makeover), and you may even fall into a few yourself (when you see yourself typing “like a kid in a candy store,” step … Read more
July 15, 2013, by beth
Maybe you’re a chiseler (a term I first heard used by YARN’s Fiction Editor Diana Renn to describe the kind of writer who chips away at the same project for a long time). Maybe you’re more of a fickle writer like I am (the kind who flits from project to project, often finishing them and even working on them for years, but who can’t quite imagine chipping away for too long). No … Read more
July 8, 2013, by beth