27 Jun, 2011

The Joy of Working with Editors

June 27th, 2011|Tags: |

I spent this morning and most of yesterday going through the comments and suggestions two editors made on two different texts of mine. The first piece was an essay that has been [...]

3 Jun, 2011

Don’t Tell If You’re Going to Show

June 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

I often find, in student manuscripts, instances where the writer tells me something, only to go on to show it. And then tells me again what she’s already shown me. [...]

31 May, 2011

Second Rule for Literary Magazine Submissions: Manuscript Editing

May 31st, 2011|Tags: , |

This maybe should have been the first rule in literary magazine submissions because before you need to worry about developing a system (see my post of May 27), you need to have [...]

28 Feb, 2011

The Integrity of a Story

February 28th, 2011|Tags: |

Every story develops its own integrity. There are things that belong in it, and things that don’t. If you’ve worked on it for a while, it will take on a [...]

20 Jan, 2011

The Missing Narrative

January 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

I saw Edvard Munch’s painting “The Girl at the Window” at the Art Institute of Chicago again this Monday. (This month admission is free, so the Art Institute is seeing [...]

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