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Joan Didion’s and Barbara Kingsolver’s thoughts on short stories

It’s funny — aspiring writers are often encouraged to write short stories as a way of developing their writing skills, beefing up their portfolio, and making a name for themselves. What I’ve begun to learn, though, is that short stories actually have a higher level of difficulty than longer works. I always had trouble staying … Continue reading

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What is success for a writer? (With reflections from Tim Parks on the ambition of aspiring writers)

I found this excerpt from the “Writing to Win” essay thought-provoking: Every year, I teach creative writing to just a couple of students. These are people in their mid-twenties in a British post-graduate course who come to me in Italy as part of an exchange program. The prospect of publication, the urgent need, as they … Continue reading