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'seat of the pants' writing | 'seat of the pants' writing

jennifer-knox's picture
Apr.09.2011
I'm always curious about how other people do it. How they write, that is. How consistent they are, how many journals they go through, how they find inspiration and the atmosphere they crave. I'm not saying I want to find a formula for the best writing conditions, but I am curious as to whether...
lauren-salkin's picture
Feb.03.2010
Three days after my unemployment compensation ended, I received two job offers. It has been a long journey from stumbling around in the murky depths of the self-esteem sewer to climbing out onto the sunny "hot damn I'm good" side of the street. After leaving a job I held for close to ten...
judith-copek's picture
Jan.22.2010
Write what you know.  How about write what you sort of know? I’m a suburban housewife, far removed from the gritty life of the streets. I must have been crazy to write “Bad Trip,” a story about a crack house, a crack whore and a pimp along with a naïve help desk technician who is trying to be a...
thaisa-frank's picture
Nov.07.2009
here's a refreshing article about the work habits of published writers--all different (these are novelists, so a lot of them do research; but the various work styles apply  to poets and writers of shorter fiction)   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703740004574513463106012106....
leslie-scott's picture
Nov.03.2009
  1 Part Fascination + 1 Part Excavation + 1 Sentence = High Concept What is 'High Concept' and why do you need it? In a world full of great writers, we all know by now that concept is king. High concept is a unique idea packaged into a one or two sentence log line or tag, in which the reader can...
leslie-scott's picture
Oct.30.2009
 While hacking away selling used-cars, I spent exhausting stretches of time standing in heels in front of showroom windows. I could not sit in my office if I were to capture the next customer on the lot. First one to Mr. Clipboard eats. Sink or swim. After several years, I challenged myself to...
alexander-chee's picture
Sep.11.2009
Yesterday, in my Fiction II class, as the students introduced themselves I asked them to speak about what they'd been reading over the summer. One student impressively admitted to reading both Underworld and Infinite Jest. Another, though, shyly said she was reading YA novels. "I suspect...
terry-odell's picture
Aug.17.2009
Yesterday's comic, Non Sequitur, by Wiley Miller caught my attention. I'm not sure you can see enough of it here, but if you visit the link, you should be able to read it more clearly. And why did it strike a chord? Well, after reaching the 76K word mark in my manuscript, I've finally discovered...