Any artist knows that reading reviews of her book/play/movie/art gallery opening is bound to lead to pain and frustration. Why? Because even if the majority of the reviews are stellar, it’s the poor reviews we will end up focusing on, and doing so can paralyze us with doubt. That’s what just happened to
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In his iconic memoir on writing, Stephen King says, “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” In my case, I haven’t just killed my darlings. I’ve conducted a bloodbath. A slaughter fest. A series of gory Halloween-style chainsaw moments that would make even Stephen
It’s easy to be miserable after the holidays. Maybe you created a perfect holiday with your family, and you’re grieving now that family and friends are leaving. Or maybe you meant to create a perfect holiday, but obstacles intervened: feuding family members, money, illness, work deadlines. In my case, I’m often melancholy at
I lowered myself to the mat and felt every joint complaining. “Honor your intentions,” the instructor was saying. “What intention are you bringing to the mat today?” “Just to be able to get up off the mat again,” I muttered. I never intended to be here, on this yoga mat. Yoga, I always thought,
One of the best things about social media is that it lets us connect to people we wouldn’t ordinarily meet. One of my favorite new online pen pals is Author Yona Zeldis McDonough, a fellow author at New American Library. Here, Yona spills some surprising secrets as she describes what inspired her to write her newest novel,
Every month, I join Nevertheless Writers, a cross-genre group of five writers, to discuss writing and publishing at local libraries and schools. My favorite part of the evening is always the question-and-answer session, where everyone from teenaged writers of fantasy novels to aging hipster poets chime in with questions and information. Last night, one