So funny and so brilliant.
Heather Havrilesky, “Ask Polly: Jesus, My Struggling Writer Friends Never Shut Up!,” The Awl
Editing is everything. Writing a first draft is akin to moving a big block of marble into a sculptor’s studio. It’s hard, and it requires some finesse, but mostly it’s just heavy lifting. It isn’t art. The art happens when the marble starts getting chipped away to find the Pieta within. And that is the role of the editor — with luck, in concert with the writer.
Writers don’t need to roll over to every change an editor demands. Standing up for one’s work is fine. But writers whose first impulse is resistance, who swoon and gnash their teeth over any changes, are making a serious mistake. Writing is collaborative, and that second pair of eyeballs is as important, in many ways, as the first."
Dan Baum, journalist
Flavorwire announces a short fiction contest. Full details here.
Flavorwire is thrilled to announce its first-ever short fiction contest. In honor of May’s National Short Story Month, we’re offering a prize of $500 for one outstanding short story. To enter, simply send a story of 5,000 words or less — in the body of a message, not as an attachment — along with a brief author bio and all relevant contact information to email@example.com by Friday, May 17. Flavorwire Literary Editor Emily Temple will judge all entries and announce the results on the 24th. We’ll publish the winning story, along with a handful of honorable mentions, on Flavorwire throughout the final week of May.
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Claire Messud talks with the Tottenville Review about her new and wonderful novel The Woman Upstairs, claustrophobia, and Katy Perry (among other things).
“In the list of things we should be angry about, the manipulations of the media is one that we seem to be strangely docile in accepting. I don’t quite understand why we don’t have any ire about that…”
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William Faulkner (via bookhermit)
Oh my God, so true!
Jessica Francis Kane, “How to Host a Genre-Reveal Party,” McSweeney’s
Ha! So clever and delightful.