Sorry, I ruined the alliteration by not posting this yesterday. To make up for it, here is a List of Literary Links that have been Languishing in my deLicious account. Like?
7 Things is a recurring column over at the Guide to Literary Agents blog, but this is one of my favorites of all-time. It’s so very… me! For example, her first point:
“You don’t write a book. You write a sentence and then a paragraph and then a page and then a chapter.”
First you think, “Duh.” Then you think, “Oh yeah! Thank you for reminding me!” Because it’s easy to get so caught up with the finish line that you start to miss the mile markers.
I just liked what this guy had to stay about tackling a monumental and sensitive topic.
At first I didn’t want to write this story because of 9/11. I didn’t feel up to it, was afraid I would do an injustice to our history, and to those whose wounds from that day will never truly heal. Then I realized this was not a story about 9/11, but about a man and his family and how they would or would not survive. And this, not 9/11, is what made the story ultimately worth writing.
We writers shouldn’t shy away from the hard stuff, if the hard stuff is what’s calling us. Because obviously we need to write it, and we never know who might need to read it.
This — she — is really too hard to excerpt. It’s all brilliant, and quietly woven into a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. I love Lahiri’s writing, and I identify so much with the experiences she describes.
The writer in me wanted to edit myself.