10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

Useful article for writers by Shaunta Grimes at StartupGrind Books every fiction writer should own By Shaunta Grimes for StartupGrind Last week, I wrote about 25 habits that will make you a better writer. This week, I thought — let’s dive into books. After twenty-plus years writing, I’ve collected some resources that I absolutely couldn’t do with out.…Read more 10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

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.

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3

(part 3 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq.) Thomas Wellspring II found Bench waiting for him, as arranged, in the back room of a small alehouse, down a laneway near the dockside. It was a deceptive location, he noted, barely noticeable in the alley gloom but inside, so much more spacious than…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3

Tree

  He had a bunch of questions, like why did they call him Rupert, for example? Isn't that a cartoon bear's name? I mean, c'mon? And then growing up in an urban jungle, wall to wall concrete and they pick up your shit. All I want is a tree to pee.

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 2

Part 4 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq. This is it, blog post #500. I began writing this blog in 2014 but by March 2016, I had written only 80 blogs. The other 420 have been written since then. It is fun but it does take time to find your groove, so…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 2

Trumpet’s Downfall

Last week, I read a story about Charles Dickens and the names he chose for his characters in his books. That got me thinking what Mr Dickens, himself a campaigner and great philanthropist, would make of the name 'Trump.' So I decided to write a Dickensian style story with a character named Trumpet, a bombastic…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall

Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

Jonathan Franzen claimed he won’t write about race because of limited ‘firsthand experience’, while Lionel Shriver hopes objection to ‘cultural appropriation is a passing fad’. So should there be boundaries on what a novelist can write about? The Guardian asked Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Aminatta Forna, AL Kennedy, Philip Hensher and others give their point…Read more Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

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