[Yesterday ended up being about ten hours of kid wrangling and housekeeping (which doesn't include my session of writing in the morning), so I'm still working on that Star Wars: The Force Awakens post I promised you. But since there's no teaching this week, and the weekend looks to be somewhat relaxing, I'll just mix up the schedule a bit and dribble into the weekend.
Here's the first of those menus I promised to start posting.]
These are manifestos, rants, edicts, warnings, fundamental precepts and more. I claim no authority of fiat (in fact, sometimes that's what I'm most objecting to), but they are as close to the core nuggets of my personal philosophy of writing as anything is likely to get. Some are several articles surrounding a core idea like Dorothea Brande or politics. Some are very (very) long, some are obviously papers I wrote for college, and many are more than a little self indulgent. But all are fundamental to what I understand of writing.
Earning Your "Er."
No Apologies: A Defense of Why Speculative Fiction Should Need No Defense.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Writing- It's much more than just the writing part.
A Fish, a Rat, and a Prescriptivist Walk Into a Bar Why most linguistic prescriptivism bothers me.
Ten thousand hours It takes a lot of work. A LOT of work.
NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, and the Really Really Ugly
The A to Zen of a Writer's Life
The Modern Artist's Survival Guide
An Open Letter to Lynn Shepherd
The 17 Rules of Writing
A Passive Aggressive Memo to Other Artists
On Sister Act 2 and How to Know If You Should Be a Writer
Ten Reasons to Write Daily (Accentuate the Positive)
Don't Make It So Damned Hard
The Lessons of Brande Dorothea Brande's book Becoming A Writer has shaped how I fundamentally approach writing. 1 The book and what it's about. 2 Cultivating internal dualism. 3 Morning writing. 4 The Floating Half Hour of Writing
Writers and Politics Be careful when dealing with politics. The truth is a casualty of political writing. Avoiding politics entirely isn't the answer. But there are reasons to be cautious.
It's Really Okay NOT to Write. Really Intro & Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
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