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5 True Crime Podcasts

I’ve been obsessed with true crime podcasts lately. Because they’re so much fun, because serial killer stories are more uplifting than current events, because I’m doing research for a top secret fiction project I can’t talk about yet.   These are my favorites. A Killing on the Cape “You’re sure to fall in love with… Read more »

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The Why…

Joe Rogan,  absolutely kills it at sharing something every day. His podcast is one of the most popular on iTunes, and at over a thousand episodes is among the most prolific. Part of what makes his output possible is that his show is largely unedited, taking the form of free-flowing conversations that can go on… Read more »

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5 Documentaries on Showing your Work

For inspiration on how to show your work , or to just get fired-up about the creative process in general, check out these five documentaries that take a look at the journey, the sweat, and the drama behind the finished product.   Oasis: Supersonic    Supersonic chronicles the hard work and brilliant musicianship that would catapult Oasis… Read more »

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Fiction Abortions

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while and you saw my recent post about starting a novel, you might be thinking: what about the one you were re-writing last year, or the one you drafted in 30 days? The answer: those are in the bin. I’ve written and thrown away three short novels:… Read more »

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Show Your Work!

 Yesterday’s blog post started as a long caption on Instagram, under a photo of my writing tools. I was sharing my stoke over starting a new novel–in the only way I can since I won’t say what it’s about until I have a draft–but I was also answering a prompt from Austin Kleon’s handy little book,  Show… Read more »

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“We off That.” Don’ts for Writers in 2017

Jay-Z’s “Off That” is a concise guide to what was no longer cool as of 2009: everything from baggy clothes and Timbs (Timberland boots,) to fighting in the club and telling your girl you love her. We writers could use a similar style audit. With all the wackness being perpetrated in the writing game today,… Read more »

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50 Things to Collect when you Read

Favorite quotes Gorgeous prose Bad prose Lines that make you laugh and cry Lines you wish you had written Scenes that make you wonder how the hell this book got so popular Place names Character names Obscure words (the word for a collector of words is sesquipedalian) Words you derive the meaning of from their… Read more »

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Friday Roundup

“He traveled in order to come home.”  –William Trevor    Goodbye William Trevor.   F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘that sad young man’ profiled in the New Yorker April, 1926   The Defunct Language of Nautical Flags.   Leonard Cohen at BrainPickings.   A visit to Nouvella’s studio.  

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Showing Up, By the Numbers

If you do three morning pages  every day, you’ll write 273,750 words every year (assuming 250 words/ page.) That’s Crime and Punishment plus Lord of the Flies, all before breakfast.   Writing three hours a day gets you to 10,000 hours of practice in ten years. A decade will go by fast if you’re living the kind of life worth writing… Read more »

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Friday Roundup — I Think You’re Fat

“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” –Leonard Cohen    Leonard Cohen talks about the writing process.   The climate event that created Frankenstein and the bicycle.   Piles of Beanie Babies at the Paris Review.   Trump’s Ghostwriter talks to The New Yorker .   I think you’re fat, how… Read more »