How many are the articles that instruct us on the art of the opening sentence. How few are those that focus on the lines that close a novel. How grateful I am for Jonathan Russell Clark’s piece on the latter, for The Millions.
“The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou — the beloved author, poet, actress and champion of equality — with a Forever Stamp.”
“If you don’t want to do marketing, be a ghostwriter.” This and other tidbits in Jane Friedman’s Q&A with Scott Berkun in a post titled “Book Marketing Must Center (Mainly) on the Author.”
On the Brevity blog: a guest post by Jennifer McGuiggan titled “Writing Workshop Is Not Group Therapy.” Amen.
This week I read Julie Schumacher’s terrific novel Dear Committee Members–I read it in a single sitting, laughing (nearly) all the time. If you’re inclined to read academic novels that are also novels that portray creative writers (albeit not always in the most flattering light!), you may want to take a glance at these excerpts.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
Have a great weekend, everyone.