Sometimes I get really depressed about the novel industry, in inability to make a living, the lack of promotion by publishers, the way the whole system seems rigged against the writers. Sometimes I think, you know what? I should just be a screenwriter. They have to go through all the same kind of bullshit as […]
I have found it. From the novel Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc” Smith, serialized in 1934-35 and collected in 1948:
“Of course,” she said again, as steadily, thrilled this time to the depths of her being by the sheer manhood of him who had thus simply voiced his Code; a man of such fiber that neither love […]
Recently I decided not to renew the domain of YankTheChain.com, the site of the web ‘zine that J.F. Quackenbush and I spent the years of 1998-2003 working on. YankTheChain was the site that I cut my teeth on, that in a very real way taught me how to write. It wasn’t always good, in fact […]
Here’s a really interesting “Blog and Mail” from Dave Sim on writing
Compliments are very stingily granted in our society so the occasional compliment is usually well-deserved and can tell you what your personal strength(s) is/are. “You write good dialogue”. So I wrote a lot of dialogue. “Your work actually makes me laugh” so I wrote […]
DFW on Writing
Read this awhile ago in an issue of The Writer. It’s an interesting essay, though the background they put on the web page is absolutely awful.
reprint of william boyd’s “brief encounters’’ article | Donavan’s News | donavanhall.net
Consequently, I decided it might be worth trying to categorise the short story in a bit more detail, to try to classify its multifarious forms. Looking at collections by other writers, I gradually came to the conclusion that there are seven types of short […]
Telegraph | Arts | Prophet of the neon wilderness
Nelson Algren’s 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side made a mockery of the American dream. Set among the pimps, whores and con men of New Orleans, it was a brave - and prescient - exposé of the nation’s contempt for its own people, says Richard […]
The Book Babes: The Writer’s Lottery part 2
There are always success stories in publishing—but then again, someone eventually wins the lottery jackpot, too. What bugs most wannabe writers is the arbitrary nature of it all. Why does one writer succeed and the other languish in obscurity? What nags at novelists is that they suspect that […]
But let’s not stop there. Even though Tin House commits to using at least one unpublished writer in every issue, greenhorns face even more audacious odds: maybe 1 in 1,000, Spillman conceded later—odds also suggested for aspiring novelists at a subsequent panel featuring four prominent book agents.