Tag Archives: writing

How to Get a Book Written

1. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. The photographer/ painter Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” 2. For first drafts, quantity is better than quality. Five adequate pages are better than one good page. Ten pages of crap are better than zero pages of […]


Sunday Links, May 12, 2013

The shortlist for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize) has been announced. It is referred to as “staggeringly strong,” and on the sole basis of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, which I read and loved, I’d have to agree. The Locus Award finalists have been announced. The finalists for […]


New Yorker fiction (Jul 4) – “Homage to Hemingway”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. This is a story in three parts — The Novelist in the Countryside, The Professor in the Alps, The Maestro in the Midwest — following the footsteps of an English author as he takes to the teaching circuit. He appears to be an […]