The Biggest Myth

"I think the biggest myth that writers might have about themselves is that we're somehow more important than we really are. I always cringe a little when I hear a writer say it's our duty to make social commentary, expose social injustice, etc. I don't think it's my duty at all. My duty as a … Continue reading The Biggest Myth

Retreating

I am at a writing retreat with two critique friends, deep in the heart of Texas. Have been here since 11:30 this morning. Two other writers arrive tomorrow. Have written some fiction for me, some nonfiction for my friend Em. Before e-mailing Em's to her, I read over it, as every conscientious writer knows she … Continue reading Retreating

Loving Molly

Author Susan Woodring's post "This Writer's Wish List: A Love Story" has been on my mind since I read it two days ago. I can't make it go away. It sticks with me because what Woodring says is true. Uncomfortably so. She says if we write because we want something--wealth, fame, a room of our … Continue reading Loving Molly

…considering what you have to work with

My mother told a story about the first time she hosted Thanksgiving dinner in her own home. She'd laid out the china and the crystal and the sterling and the silver gravy boat my grandmother insisted every married woman must have (even when the married woman was going to live near an oil field where … Continue reading …considering what you have to work with

What’s an old lady worth?

The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one....If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies. ~ William Faulkner One of my instructors, citing William Faulkner's statement that … Continue reading What’s an old lady worth?