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marilyn-kallet's picture
Jul.22.2009
I'm not talking about the courage to set words on paper, what Bukowski called "that small bravery of knowledge"--that's a given. We write.  That's what we do.  The blank page is nothing to be afraid of.    Hungry mountain lions, brown bears, riot police in Iran, cops on the streets of...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Jul.21.2009
Before I begin, I want to say I am somewhere in the middle of this discussion, somewhere between the slapping and the slitting of wrists, the throwing of the self onto the pyre of creativity.  Both sides are extreme, but interesting to contemplate, at least to me, here, reporting to you from...
elizabeth-baines's picture
Jul.05.2009
I've just come back from another few days in Wales, and I'll tell you something: I can really write there! Peace and quiet, all the pressures of the normal routine removed, and the mobile internet so slow that I never stay online for longer than I have to. I sat down the first morning to a story...
quenntis-ashby's picture
May.17.2009
There is a time when your unborn child, your writing, begs to be born. This is the moment when the empty page taunts you and screams at you with the beauty of its lines, or lack thereof. It says, “Fill me with your love, feed me your ideas. Impregnate my paper womb with your love of words that can...
sandra-gulland's picture
Mar.05.2009
I keep this quote by my desk. I absolutely love it. "I cannot tell you what work I spent upon the fugue scene! Brain work excites and exhausts me so preposterously, I prowl up and down till every limb aches fit to come off, and I cry like fifty fools, and rub my hair on end, and break or crush...
vincent-louis-carrella's picture
Aug.12.2008
  “We all know we’re going to die;  what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird The thing was, I thought I might never write again. This was a month ago. I was all but defeated and I lost my faith, not because of the writer’s block or...
vincent-louis-carrella's picture
Jun.21.2008
"The truth of my writing – the spiritual truth for which I write – is all that darkness, so clear in its depth that there is, like God in eternity, no seeing to the end of it. David Plante I had never dreamed of writing a novel. I wanted to write stories. I began by writing short pieces....
judy-merrill-larsen's picture
Jun.05.2008
So, I've spent the past week working on my next novel. But I haven't added even one word to the document. No, I'm not outlining; I haven't gone over to the darkside or anything, and I am thinking about my characters andtheir story (because, that's who it belongs to. Them not me.). But, I'm trying...