L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Varun Vaswani I love to write. I have known this ever since I wrote my first collection of short stories when I was eleven years old. But the question arises, why do I like to write? For the record, answering questions about why you like something can seem contrived. As an example, consider the following …

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From the “Writers on Writing” Column in the NYTimes By Richard Nordquist For almost a decade, the “Writers on Writing” column in The New York Times provided professional writers with an opportunity to “talk about their craft.” Two collections of these columns have been published: Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times …

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Laura Drake I read a recent article from Electric Lit. As a professional writer, or aspiring to publication, you need to read it. It’s HERE. Go ahead, we’ll wait. The facts the article was based on came from the Authors Guild 2018 Survey (you can read that HERE) which said that, “American authors … incomes …

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A new poll reveals that 60% of Britons long to be an author. It can be a good life, for sure – but could they handle the insecurity, loneliness and paranoia? Tim Lott All work and no play … Jack Nicholson at his typewriter in The Shining A YouGov poll that has just been released …

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By Sally Harris No-one told me writing should come with a health warning. Something like on cigarette packets would be great; a shocking or disturbing thing to dissuade the unwary from venturing too near pen, paper or laptop. When I signed up for a creative writing course several years ago, I assumed it would be …

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On Taking Inspiration From Famous Authors’ Creative Processes By Amitava Kumar I am writing this at a writers’ residency in the town of Ghent in Hudson Valley. I’ll be here for a month, and my aim is to finish this book that I imagine you, dear reader, holding in your hands in the not-too-distant future. There are …

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‘Sometimes I think writing is like living with a terrible boyfriend who drains you financially and tortures you mentally’ Rosemary Jenkinson All of us writers question why we write. Which is fine – we spend so much time examining our characters’ motives, we might as well look at our own. This piece is about the …

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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Many newcomers want to become a writer for all of the …

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By Katie Heaney It is rare, in this day and age, to see a good tweet on the internet, but I did love this one, from New York Times writer Erin Griffith, which includes a graph she designed to depict the dramatic ups and downs of a writer’s self-esteem, which are entirely dependent upon the …

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