The 5-Question [Memoir Author] Interview: Jen A. Miller

“I like being slightly uncomfortable when I’m writing about something….It forces me to dig deeper and learn more than I’d probably ever use in the piece.” — Jen. A Miller   Jen A. Miller is author of Running: A Love Story. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s […]

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The Fiction Writer and The Muse

To celebrate Kim’s debut novel PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME, here’s vintage Hooper as she writes about writing. [And there’s also my interview with Kim.] by Kim Hooper In writing, there is much discussion of “the muse.” Who is it? Do we wait for him/her/it to appear, or go to work anyway? Does the fact that […]

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Jeffrey Eugenides on writing The Virgin Suicides: “You write your first book in a great state of innocence.”

This video, part of The Paris Review’s My First Time series, moved me as a writer … but also as a person living life. It’s of Jeffrey Eugenides talking about the internal process of writing his first novel THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. And about so much more. “Each book that you write, you swim a long […]

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Your Muse? Loves Risk.

“…what we call the Muse is simply a form of intuition.  Intuition is a matter of successfully sync’ing your internal and external worlds so you can easily move about your environment based on your previous experience.” —Kayt Sukel Kayt Sukel is the author of two books including THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SEX: THE SCIENCE […]

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The 5-Question [YA/Children’s Author] Interview: Nora Baskin

Measuring ourselves against those we admire and aspire to be is what making good art is all about. I reach as high as I can. —Nora Baskin Nora Baskin is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. She has written more than a dozen books, most inspired by her life events growing […]

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Judith Handelsman Smith on the spirituality of writing: A narrative meditation on ways to undo the fear of un-writing, unblock writing blocks, and heal

Judith Handelsman Smith is the author of three books including GROWING MYSELF: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH GARDENING. After creating a mountain sanctuary for meditators, and teaching Vipassana meditation for a decade, she has refocused on writing. Her fourth book is a memoir of her lifelong spiritual awakening. Her blog is the most current outpouring of her writer’s voice, […]

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The 5-Question [Poet] Interview: Patty Seyburn

“I believe that the body knows something that intellectually, I can’t access.”   —Patty Seyburn   Patty Seyburn has published three volumes of poetry. Her third book, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University, 2009). Her two previous books of poems are Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, […]

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Writers: readers will never hold clean, simple writing against you

Alan Gelb is a writing coach and widely published author of fiction and nonfiction, including his latest Having the Last Say: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story (Tarcher) and Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps (Ten Speed Press). His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, […]

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