Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

'Ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.'   Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley…Read more Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

Percolate.

  Going to bed at night, washing his teeth; standing in the fishmongers where fish, their weight, freshness and value is discussed; walking from the medical clinic and before that, sitting in the doctor's reception, staring, thinking. Walking to the shop for milk and bread. A writer grinds words to percolate.

Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

By KAITLYN GREENIDGE September 24, 2016 When I was in graduate school, I remember a fellow writer bringing to a workshop a lynching scene. The writer was not black. He was, in fact, a Chinese-American man named Bill Cheng, who would go on to write a novel of the blues called “Southern Cross the Dog.” In class…Read more Who Gets to Write What? – NY Times

Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers – Brain Pickings

An honest insight to a writer’s motivation, sanity

First Night Design

Illustration by Kris Di Giacomo from Enormous Smallness by Matthew Burgess, a picture-book biography of E.E. Cummings

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

Source: Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers – Brain Pickings

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Kindle giveaway for writers

Someone might be interested in this, so I share... Hi Authors, As you know, we run all kinds of reader giveaways from $25 Amazon gift cards to HUGE $500 Holiday shopping sprees. But now we want to have a little fun with our first ever "author giveaway". This is a first for us, but we're…Read more Kindle giveaway for writers