Monthly Archive:: April 2016

Five Great Books on the Craft of Writing

1. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It’s just the best. 2. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. You know how sometimes when you want to clean out your house you read a book on cleaning. It’s not that you need that particular method; you just need a book to inspire you to

Letting It Into the World

Recently I heard a piece of the fantastic advice given to writers by Pixar’s story board artist Emma Coats (22 tips given via Twitter if you’re interested). Of all her advice, #8 struck me the most. “Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but

On Revision

A lot of people hate revisions. I kind of like them (unless I want to kill them)–there’s something so formative about taking my messy mass of manuscript and scraping and trimming and tidying it up into something manageable, readable, and–if I’m lucky–beautiful. However, I’ve always been an obedient person. And sometimes I’m too good

The Magic of Writing

Recently my sister-in-law (a photographer) recommended the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert to me. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, and the truth is that parts of it are a bit hokey, but overall it was a fantastic (and quick) read for an artist. Interestingly, I’d just written this draft before I read