It happened unintentionally. I followed a series of internet links that carried me into a blind alley. I was perusing social media on a Sunday morning and encountered a post about The Timberline Review. It’s a new literary journal, cooked up by Oregon writers, good people committed to fostering the art and craft of writing. … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole: Writer or Performer?
In the current issue of Poets and Writers. Michael Bourne offers an inventory of his own writing effort and its incumbent frustrations. In "Why We Write: Failure is an Option," he asks a question I've long sought to answer: why do writers write when it can be such unsatisfying work? His answer: "I keep writing … Continue reading Why Writers Write
I’ve never been very good at networking. Write it off to my introverted personality. While I’ve always been responsive to others who call on me for professional assistance, I’ve never felt comfortable doing the same. I still cringe at the prospect of requesting a letter of recommendation. The dilemma of networking resides in the challenge … Continue reading The Networking Dilemma
As I’ve started circulating my novel to agents, I’ve received the question – always from women – “Why is your protagonist a man?” I then say, “Why do you ask?” They reply, “I just wondered.” Obviously there’s a subtext to the question that they’re not sharing. I’ve wondered if they feel a woman can’t write … Continue reading Women Writing Men
Over dinner with a few writers the conversation evolved to a discussion of agents. Two present had met agents through local writers conferences. Both were invited to submit writing samples. Neither heard from the agents. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the story. Here’s what I’ve gleaned about the matchmaking business that occurs at … Continue reading Casting Calls and Writers Conferences