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elizabeth-stark's picture
Dec.20.2008
You could be writing, right now. I remember spending a strange evening in a hotel room with a somewhat famous poet. She read me Gertrude Stein and made me want to write. I guess people don’t usually take you up to their hotel rooms because they want to make you want to write. She wasn’t inspired to...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Dec.16.2008
I once taught at a jock/ drinking school in upstate New York. The town was depressed. While once the Finger Lakes had provided commerce, now only the college did so, and as a result, there were about twelve different bars but no place to buy shoes, for example. Anyway, I taught creative writing...
adele-cosgrove-bray's picture
Dec.13.2008
Two friends have complained about writer’s block within the space of one week. They wanted to know how I get around this problem. Well, the truth is that writer’s block is not something I have a problem with, so it could be fairly argued that I’m not the best person to seek advice from. On the...
zak-smith's picture
Dec.01.2008
Possible things that the phrase "City of Skulls" could mean: -An essentially normal city--somewhere in middle europe/eastern europe. Each family has, in their home, in a box in the living room, a skull. The skulls are the skulls of the 8,000 defenders of the town, left over from a...
gregory-wilson's picture
Nov.21.2008
There's a kind of romanticized story about the brilliant author having a flash of genius in a restaurant and hastily scribbling the idea on a cocktail napkin. (I'm sure it's not all that romanticized, actually, since the brilliant authors also tend to be the ones who forget their notebooks.) But...
david-niall-wilson's picture
Oct.29.2008
With November comes a phenomenon known throughout the writing kingdom as “Nanowrimo,” or, more formally, “National Novel Writing Month.” As a regular participant in this event, I wanted to mention it at least once here at Storytellers, and to lend it my own perspective, for what that’s worth. The...
gallia-georg's picture
Oct.21.2008
As a very beginning of my being here I wish to thank our hosts first for my brand new red room. I hope to soon feel home there. Then in turn, I would like to say all of you are the same welcomed to my Wonderland.  You could know basic things about me checking at the biography section. More you...
david-niall-wilson's picture
Oct.19.2008
Life is full of situations that make us consider and reconsider the decisions we’ve made. What if I’d gone to college straight out of high school? What if I’d gone to the Naval Academy instead of boot camp? What if I’d settled into writing in the eighties instead of talking about it on through...
david-niall-wilson's picture
Oct.15.2008
I’m currently reading one of the most recent novels by Stephen King, Lisey’s Story, which is a twist on the old writer writing a story about a writer plot. The story is about the widow of a writer, and is full of insights from an odd perspective. The perspective, in this case, is that of an author...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Oct.01.2008
Okay, I stole this title from Barbara Sher (the Wishcraft lady), who has a book entitled I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was. I am about to usher myself and a passel of writers and hopefuls through the process of planning and writing and revising a novel. In October, we will plot and...