“No beautiful writing comes from an impossibly perfect world; it all comes from this one: cluttered, obligated, distracted.”
The first-place winner of our “Spring Cleaning” short story contest shares her writing process.
“You’re climbing Everest by looking down at your feet, not looking up at the mountain. The second I look up, I wouldn’t be able to breathe, and it would all be too daunting.”
“[Writing] takes a long time. There is no rushing it and the work exists on its own timetable, outside of your own personal deadlines.”
“The more specific you are in writing, the more general an audience can react to it.”
“Honoring the separation between the private activity of writing and the public activity of being a writer has helped me structure my days.”
A quick-and-dirty guide for finding an agent.
This proposal swept an agent off her feet.
“After I find a good routine – which, for me, usually involves absolute quiet, at least two hours of uninterrupted time, and a pot of black coffee – the writing starts going well, and then I can forget about the routine.”
Can I use spelling that a character would write in a text?