If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See


Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See





Thanks to Linda Rodriguez for recommending this book to me.

I’ve read some excellent books about writing but this is the one only one I can remember when I laughed out loud.  Many times I recognized my feelings and actions in what Ms. See has felt and done. The author describes not only writing, but also the writing life.  She doesn’t shy away from the experience of getting form rejection notes or from the experience of reading what you have written before and finding it to be utter bilge. She also discusses the amazing feeling of seeing your name in print and selling your work using her experiences as a referent. 

I was impressed that she addressed so much of what being a writer entails. I found her advice to be really helpful for those committed to this crazy business. To be a writer means to produce one thousand words a day or two hours of revision five days a week for the rest of your life.

The chapter titled Geography Time and Space should be required reading for authors.  Not long ago I read in a passage of a book by a major publisher in which the hero threw a grenade through a closed door and afterward kicked the door open.

I would recommend Making a Literary Life to anyone who is serious about writing.

I am off the gird so I cannot respond to comments. I will read them all. Happy Holidays one and all.

5 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Warren. I will look up the book. Writers are solitary in their process. It's necessary, but it also isolates. Writers don't know if their experiences are similar or unique. It's easy to lose faith and confidence when often only the wins are posted on writer message boards, but few of the losses are advertised. Ms. See's honesty should be refreshing to read. No one goes into this business knowing all there is to know. It's a learning process. The more we educate ourselves, the better.

Have a wonderful holiday, Warren.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Carolyn See's book is a great favorite of mine because it advises you not only to write, but to be part of the writing community by sending notes to authors and going to readings, signings, and other writers' events. Thanks for your great review, Warren.

randall031 said...

This book always sits on my writing desk -- I return to it when I need to be reminded to just keep writing. And Ms. See often makes me laugh out loud too. One of my long time faves -- nice to see it here.

Gloria Alden said...

I'm putting it on my list of books to get and read, Warren. Thank you for the recommendation.

Kara Cerise said...

I added this book to my list, too. Thank you for the recommendation and Happy Holidays!