Matt: “Did you finish that Dante book yet?” Me: “Naw. Got about 300 pages written. Spent a month with my writing group reading through it. It’s bad—really, really bad. I’ve got to let it sit for a while until I’m better at my craft. I’m not ready to write it yet. But I will be.”
The Craft of Writing
Have you ever been part of a writing group that gave vague, sloppy, useless advice? Or a group that was so negative you felt your motivation deflating like an old balloon? In my classes, I have students meet in groups of three, four, or five to read short papers out loud and give each other feedback.
The Steve Laube Agency just ran a blog post asking, “What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a writer?” Here is their blog post: http://www.stevelaube.com/one-thing-wish-known/ Here is my answer: When I finished the manuscript for The Company They Keep, I drove to Staples, packaged up the thick wad of printed pages, and
When do you know that you are –really– a writer? When you see a picture of your book on Amazon? When you win a writing award? When you actually hold your first published article in your actual hand? When you get your first fan letter? When wikipedia decides that you are “notable” When you read