“10 Great Novels of the Rural: A Reading List by Michelle Hoover, Author of Bottomland.” Courtesy of Electric Literature. (Bottomland, which was published this week, btw, is also on my tbr list.)
Suggestions for “characterizing” setting, via Ayşe Papatya Bucak and Fiction Writers Review.
Thoughtful and honest post on critique by Jan Priddy over on the Brevity blog.
Jessica Strawser recently shared “10 Lessons Learned Behind the Scenes of a Book Deal.” Check ’em out!
Finally, this week’s absolute must-read: Alison Stine’s “On Poverty” essay, via the Kenyon Review blog. A snippet: “Art is not the class I was born into. It’s not only that writing doesn’t pay well; it costs a lot of money for the privilege of not being paid, even for the consideration of not being paid.” (As some of the comments suggest, some readers have argued that the essay’s stance against Claire Vaye Watkins’s “On Pandering” essay is unwarranted; my own sense is that much of Stine’s essay would still be well worth reading had the piece not referenced Watkins at all.)
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
Have a good weekend, everyone.