April 2013

PROMPTS

I know they aren’t cool, and I know a lot of writers hate them, but I'll admit it: I love writing prompts.

I can understand why many literary folk roll their eyes at them. Why would you want someone to tell you when and what to write about?

CUTTING AND CRINGING AND CUTTING

I have been cutting a lot from the stories in my collection. I feel the need to trim the stories to make them tighter. In my mid-project review notes, advisor Rob Roberge encouraged me to cut 10-12 pages from a forty-page story. He said, “Trying to cut 20-25% is a great exercise in editing.” I’ve been experimenting with this challenge. The result is that the writing is getting tighter. However, the original parts aren’t a waste.

Bookmark This: Louis CK & Catcher in the Rye

Have you ever noticed the correlation between Louis C.K.'s humor and J.D. Salinger's writing style? Minh Le over at Book Riot did. He writes, "The other day I was flipping through Catcher in the Rye, and after a few pages I realized that the narrator in my head was Louis C.K. Which, as I kept reading, turned out to be kind of perfect."

WORLD BUILDING WORKSHOP: AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF THINKING ABOUT YOUR STORY

Event Date and Time: 
May 18, 2013 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

WORLD BUILDING: AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF THINKING ABOUT YOUR STORY

with Charles Yu 

The Genius Dilemma

Sad to say, but it seems I was not born a genius. At least, not according to my accomplishments thus far. Whether it’s my genes, upbringing, motivation, discipline, or some kind of mystical selection process, I have not been bestowed with a brilliant mind or the kind of prodigious talent that made Mozart begin composing at the age of five, Michael Jackson a super-star by 10, and Bob Dylan write some of his best songs before he hit 25.

RAN 04/12: Cameroon Update

Cameroonian author Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse prevented from writing in prison.

On April 17, 2013 the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International sent a letter to the Administrator of Kondengui Prison, Cameroon, protesting the treatment of writer, historian and president of the National Association of Cameroonian Writers Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence there. PEN is disturbed by recent reports that Enoh Meyomesse is being prevented from writing and has effectively had three of his new works confiscated.

HONG KONG: Bookstore of Banned Books

Monday, April 22, 2013
Freedom to Write News

The Atlantic Cities reports that a bookstore in Hong Kong has found a way to bypass China's infamous restrictions and censorship on what the Chinese government deems unsuitable for the general public. The article reads:

THE BIG PICTURE

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Since the moment I heard this Chinese proverb, I have loved it. Over the years I’ve recalled this saying when feeling overwhelmed by a large task.