10 Writing Rules Courtesy of a Few Literary Legends

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Here’s what you’ll get a lot of when you “travel” in the same social circles as other writers: advice. Some of it is invaluable. I have personal experience with this since I am blessed by the amazing critique group I’m in. Those folks, who I met whilst participating in an amazing Cat Rambo workshop, are [….]

Submissions Tracking: One Writer’s Process

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The first month of 2013 is nearly over, and if you’re an ambitious, still-emerging writer, you’re no doubt readying your submission calendar, preparing those drafts you’ve been toiling over to mail (or e-mail) out into the world. What’s that? You don’t have a tracking system in place? As it happens, Aaron Gilbreath does, and over [….]

Edna O’Brien: Literature Against Loneliness

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For writers in need of inspiration, look no further. The lauded Irish grande dame of the short story, Edna O’Brien, shares her own journey of writing and life in this wonderful interview from Radio Open Source. Talking with Christopher Lydon in 2011, O’Brien discussed her life growing up in rural West of Ireland, a setting [….]

Declaration of Independence: Justin Hamm on the museum of americana

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Declaration of Independence: Justin Hamm on the museum of americana This past summer, Justin Hamm took a creative leap of faith. Merging a love of historical American culture with online publishing, he founded the literary review the museum of americana, and in swift order assembled a website, an editorial team and a creative vision that [….]

10 Creative People Who Initially Failed

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Here at LitStack, we enjoy discussing those individuals who, by their persistence, became successful. These folks traveled bumpy roads, some even coming close to giving up, but eventually, through hard work and an absolute refusal to quit, made their dreams a reality. From legendary actors, to genius inventors, the following simply refused quit. We hope [….]

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

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“Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.” In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s [….]

Day Jobs of Famous Writers

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The Huffington Post published a very cool feature on writers who “kept their day jobs.” From King (a high school teacher, bless him) to Kurt Vonnegut’s foray at a Saab dealership, these famous writers paid their dues doing some pretty awful jobs. (We’re particularly curious about Jack London’s duties as an “oyster pirate”). Be sure [….]