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The New Yorker as DIY MFA

So I finally broke down and subscribed to The New Yorker. You can read all of their new fiction for free on their website, the week it's released, but if you want to get serious about it, you'll subscribe. (Yeah yeah, starving writers. Okay: read it at the library.) Anyway, my point is this: if you're a serious writer, you should read The New Yorker's short stories. Weekly. Religiously. And Continue Reading...

What makes good erotica?

Writing erotica is a lot harder (pardon the pun) that a lot of people think it is. For one thing, erotic writing isn't just about putting Tab A in Slot B. Nor is it just about pornographically zooming in on a wet pussy or a pulsing cock (although these cinematic moves can certainly be used for effect). [caption id="attachment_7010" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Hot lips (photo by Flickr Continue Reading...

Writers group rivalry: Picking a name

A Facebook friend of mine recently started a meet-up group that was meant to keep himself on task with his writing at least once a week. Borrowing from the "Sit Down, Shut Up and Write!" meet-ups in our area, his group meets ridiculously early on Sunday mornings (8:30 a.m.) at a coffee shop with plenty of plugs for computers, and allows chit-chat for half an hour, then writing must ensue for the Continue Reading...

Work vs. play? Dividing commercial and artistic writing

Do you ever have trouble distinguishing between writing for fun and writing for money? I certainly do. I actually had to sit down and make a list of my work commitments versus my personal projects, as they were starting to overlap. I needed a line in the sand. [caption id="attachment_5843" align="aligncenter" width="619" caption="Of course, a line in the sand need not be perfectly straight... Continue Reading...

Book In A Week: May 7-14

Last month I joined the Book In A Week online writers group, with the aim of taking my novel writing goals more seriously. Since I had such a blast doing the 3-Day Novel Contest and actually finished a novel, I figured this group—which offers writers a monthly chance to reach specific page counts of their own choosing, from 1 page per day to an entire book done in a week—would help me get Continue Reading...