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Advice To A Young Writer

Advice To A Young Writer

Last month, I heard from a young writer whom I taught a couple of years ago at Winchester University (England). She said she’d realized that the thing she most wanted in life was to be a writer, and she asked if I had any advice for her. Well, I’ve spent two decades or so thinking(…)

Marking time, making time

Marking time, making time

Ahh, it’s good to be back. I’ve had another of those hiatuses, where blogging, as much as I like it, didn’t quite get to the top of the stack of plates. That’s is a metaphor I once invented to explain to a friend why many (most? all?) men can only think about one thing at(…)

Don’t Worry, Write Happy: daily drafting, Tom Raworth, and the hedonism of writing

Don’t Worry, Write Happy: daily drafting, Tom Raworth, and the hedonism of writing

It’s been a busy week or so since my last post – lots of teaching to prepare for and do. I’m hoping to manage another blog post today about some of that, but now I wanted to share some more thoughts about getting into a lasting writing habit. A few things have happened since last Wednesday.(…)

Secrets of Agents: or how to get in with the Smiley People

Secrets of Agents: or how to get in with the Smiley People

On Tuesday, I went to two talks – one by literary agent, one by an author – and I was delighted to spend several hours learning very little. I wouldn’t often say that was time well spent, but this was an exception. I don’t mean the speakers were bad; quite the reverse. First Louise Burns,(…)

Getting (re-) started, again: or, feel the fear and write it down anyway

Getting (re-) started, again: or, feel the fear and write it down anyway

I am a sporadic writer, of poetry at least. I do start every working day with writing, but it’s not usually a poem. I tend to write my poems in bursts, as I have always done since I was 16. I might write nothing for weeks or even months, and then create a flurry of(…)