I have depression and anxiety; does that make me a Time Lord?
On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process
Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer
Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start
Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”
Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.
Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.
That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.
A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.
The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write
Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”
You’ve got the response space to answer this one:
Your character wants to write a love song to a potential boy/girl/other friend. Use the reply space to write the song. (I would use slashes to indicate a line break.) Here’s a quick example
The last time I saw your face/I wanted to go to space/but then I fell so hard/I needed my health insurance card.
(Worst song ever.)
It’s time to start thinking about NaNoWriMo if you haven’t already. Camille and I are making preparations for the 2000 follower giveaway/contest, and thinking about ideas for articles and posts we can put together.
It’s also time to see if anyone wants to share their experiences or wisdom about participating in National Novel Writing Month. If you do, send us a message with the following information:
- How long you’ve done NaNo
- Your topic
- 3 points you want to make
- why are you the person to write this?
We’ll look over your idea and be in touch. Remember there are all kinds of topics and they can have to do with any of the following:
- Getting your story ready (plot, characters, antagonists, world building, etc)
- motivation to keep writing
- tricks you have used in the past
- plot twists
There are plenty of more ideas you can use too. So let us know if you want to get your post on Writrs!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
For more creepy stories and creative storytelling…
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for a perfectly formed and utterly chilling story of family secrets.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness for the story a boy who is visited by a monster every night told in words and haunting illustrations.
In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters for another book that uses unsettling photos to tell a historical ghost story.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly for a very dark fairy tale.
"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process."
— Vincent van Gogh
This changed me
Personally, I can’t even.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (via adenoviridae)
— Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher (via livrariadaesquina)