L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

It taNever mind newly minted corona lockdown stories, authors are frantically rewriting existing projects to reflect a world turned upside down by the pandemic – or shelving them indefinitely. Alison Flood Tom Watson, the former deputy leader of the Labour party, has been having a busy lockdown. Signed up to write a political thriller called …

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You may disagree with your editor, but they’re (probably) right. Eileen Pollack Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth. Have a question? Share it with us. …

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Freelancers are sure to come across every type of editor during their career. Here’s a veteran writer’s catalog of all the types you’ll encounter and how to work with each. Don Vaughan Spend enough time in the freelance trenches, and you’ll find yourself working for an eclectic array of editors. If you’re lucky, the majority …

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“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” By Maria Popova “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, …

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By Jim Milliot Book publishing has long been a collaborative business, and that aspect of the industry will be more important than ever as we fight our way through the disruptions caused by the new coronavirus. People in all segments of publishing recognize that they need each other to successfully—and hopefully profitably—acquire, publish, market, and …

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By Edith Zimmerman Earlier this week, I was reading a tweet from a writer I admire (the new “I was enjoying a novel”?), and she ended it with a parenthetical that should have had the period outside the close parenthesis (like this). But instead, it ended like (this.) I know it’s stupid, but this inconsequential …

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By Harry Guinness Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. The secret to good writing is good editing. It’s what separates hastily written, randomly punctuated, incoherent rants from learned polemics and op-eds, and cringe-worthy fan fiction from …

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Via Spark Press “You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.”—Helen Keller from her “Open Letter to German Students”  A Short History… The first banned book in America Book burning is a long-held practice …

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Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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