Monthly Archives: March 2014

Writing Confidence

White Cabbage Butterfly | Photo: Bruce McArthur

“On a Tuesday I see myself as so gifted that I think the cornflakes I left over for breakfast should immediately be wrapped and sent to some Literary Museum for bronzing and held for posterity… Come around on Thursday and I will grovel at your feet to take me on as a shipping clerk in a dockside factory that manufactures ‘I Love New York’ ashtrays. My confidence not only blows with the wind but is susceptible to the currents caused by a butterfly at rest.”

-Neil Simon, The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Vol.2

March Writing Links

Building Stories. Peter McArthur House

The Province. Canadian writers share their horror stories

Sundog Lit Blog. How to Submit: Leesa Cross-Smith

New York Times. Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling

Book Riot. Is Hannah Horvath a Believable Young Woman?

metaphysical conceit. first drafts and writing longhand

The Millions. Creativity and Madness: On Writing Through the Drugs

Jody Hedlund. 6 Key Things to Consider When Developing Characters

Bookslut. An Interview with Wells Tower

How Creatives Work. 5 Reasons to Read Hunter S. Thompson

“Thank You for Disappearing” in PANK

One page from this story was written over two years ago… and then another page a year later. It wasn’t until last summer that I wrote a complete first draft. This is becoming a reoccurring process: fermentation in the brain for long periods of time before pen goes to paper, fingers to keys. Workshopping the story with a first reader and my writing group during the revision process was invaluable. After submitting the story, an acceptance letter from the prolific Roxane Gay, co-editor of PANK, was fantastic news!

More online fiction:
“Little Hawk” in Little Fiction
“Rivals” in Joyland
“The Promise of Puppies” in Dragnet Magazine
“Hybrid Love” in Lies with Occasional Truth