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Lost & Found First Memoirs: Unfunny Comics


In a surprising email exchange the other day with the Tin House Lost & Found editor, I pitched an essay about the the first memoir I ever read—an obscure little book…

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The LitGrit Process of Working with an Editor


You wrote your book (good job!), revised your first, second, and maybe even third drafts (even better!), and are finally ready to hire an editor to whip it into submission-ready shape. What can…

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HOW TO REVISE YOUR BOOK IN 5 EASY STEPS


Hahahahahahahaha. Just kidding.
There is no way easy way to revise your book, particularly those early drafts.
But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and…

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Feed the Lake: Write Your Teeny Weeny Little Trickle


The Paris Review can’t get rights from the interviewer to print in its entirety the Jean Rhys interview, regrettably, so I’ll just have to quote from dear Madeleine L’Engle Herself.
“If the work comes…

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My Creativity IV Drip: Madeleine L’Engle Herself


While recovering from my summer vacation heart attack last July in the small Colorado western slope town where I lived when my children were small, I stumbled upon hidden treasure on the bookshelf…

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