On poetry, a quote from Mark Strand

“A poem may be the residue of an inner urgency, one through which the self wishes to register itself, write itself into being, and finally, to charm another self, the reader, into belief. It may also be something equally elusive — the ghost within every experience that wishes it could be seen or felt, acknowledged … Continue reading

On Writing, from Mary Karr

Most great writers suffer and have no idea how good they are. Most bad writers are very confident. Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver, the bat girl in Yankee Stadium. That’s a more fruitful way to be. — Mary Karr

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. (Hesse)

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, … Continue reading

She seems so cool

She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon. You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood. Neil Gaiman

Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life

A great interview with Seth Godin on writing and the business of writing, and identifying your strengths and building a  life around it. Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life.

From “Fear of Flying,” Erica Jong

“It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of failure, and the godawful silence and the white paper. And now that I can take it . . . now that I can finally do it … Continue reading

5 Free Services That Help You Build Author Platform | Jane Friedman

5 Free Services That Help You Build Author Platform Posted on September 19, 2012 by Matthew Turner 8 Today’s guest post is by Matthew Turner (@turndog_million). You may remember him from a previous post, 100 Tips to Alleviate Self-Doubt. If there’s one word that fits perfectly with an author, it’s FREE. Here are five free services … Continue reading

Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity | Harper Voyager Books

Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 Yes, it’s true! We are delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join our global science fiction and fantasy imprint. The submission portal, http://www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of … Continue reading

The Art of the Literary Magazine Cover Letter | TMR Blog

The Art of the Literary Magazine Cover Letter Last week, I received my first request of the season for a letter of recommendation. If you’re thinking “Wait, it’s only September” you’re right, it is awfully early. But that’s a good thing! Nothing aggravates mentors more than being asked to write a LOR a week before … Continue reading

Natasha Trethewey on Her Revision Process « the poet’s billow

This is a really insightful article on revision. Here’s an excerpt: How Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Wrote Her Father’s ‘Elegy’ By Alex Hoyt Now, the reader seeing the final draft doesn’t know that I have my own secret journal in which I feel “silenced” by my father. The work of the poem is following certain … Continue reading