"Raymond’s eye for telling detail is very fine, as one expects of an accomplished writer, but to this she adds the informing eye of a natural historian of place.”
— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America
Midge Raymond
Midge's blog about writing . . . reading . . . and everything in between

Stuff for writers

Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, the Guardian recently asked other writers for a few rules of their own, including Margaret Atwood (“Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine”), Roddy Doyle (“Do be kind to yourself”), Richard Ford (“Don’t drink and write at the same time”), and Helen Dunmore (“Reread, rewrite, reread, rewrite”).

You may also enjoy responses to this piece from writers at The Huffington Post (“NEVER WRITE AGAIN”) and Salon (offering “five recommendations for the flailing novice”).

In other news, the Nieman Journalism Lab has an interesting feature on a bookstore working with self-published authors to get their books on the shelves. At Boulder Book Store in Colorado, authors pay the store $25 to stock five copies of a book, replenished as needed, with higher rates for additional benefits ($75 to appear in the “Recommended” section; $125 for a mention in the store’s email newsletter and on the Local Favorites page, and to be available for online purchase; and $255 for an in-store reading and book-signing. It’s an interesting model — and one that will definitely appeal to self-published authors who consistently have trouble getting into bookstores — but of course, bookstore browsers will now have to wonder whether a “Recommended” book is on the shelf because it’s good, or because the author has paid for it to be there.

In this wonderfully in-depth interview, Philip Graham, editor of Ninth Letter, talks to The Morning News about getting into the New Yorker, writing about place, and teaching creative writing (which he does at at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), among other things. Check out the interview as well as his blog.

This just in from Bellingham Review: the contest deadline has been extended to for the magazine’s annual fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction awards.

And, last but not least, here’s something for both readers and writers: Melanie Rae Thon has published a new poem, appearing online at On Earth As It Is, “a cycle of prayer narratives, or dramatic monologues addressed to God, from writers of different faiths.” New work will be posted each week by contributing writers.

Happy reading and writing!



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