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Writing

  1. in memoriam
    Janet Malcolm Couldn’t Escape Being a WriterThe late journalist famously despised her own profession, but she knew it was the best tool she had.
  2. how i get it done
    Morgan Jerkins Managed to Put Out Two Books During the PandemicThe best-selling author on ambition, self-confidence, and napping.
  3. how i get it done
    Mary H.K. Choi Is Jealous Her Fictional Characters Can Hang Out“I miss my sibling. I miss places. How dare you just willy-nilly go to each other’s houses and mouth kiss? It’s an affront.”
  4. how i get it done
    How Author Jacqueline Woodson Gets It DoneThe MacArthur fellow on morning podcasts, afternoon writing time, and evening dinner-table talk.
  5. connections
    Brilliant Not-Quite FriendsLet Them All Talk is a film about grasping for intimacy.
  6. close reads
    I May Destroy You’s Structural EpiphaniesIn the penultimate episode, Arabella remembers what has been eluding her all season. But it is what comes just before that is the true revelation.
  7. write it
    Writing Historical Fiction As History Repeats ItselfLiving through the urgency of this moment, I’ve found that writing parts of my novel required something more of me.
  8. write it
    How These Writers Got a Literary AgentEight writers on finding the best person to represent their work.
  9. write it
    How Professional Writers Deal With RejectionSeven writers talk about how they keep moving forward.
  10. write it
    What Drives Me to Write?I’ve been thinking more about how and why I want to express the things that feel so urgent.
  11. write it
    The Writer’s Job Is to Pay AttentionI don’t have to make sense of the world, but I do have to observe it.
  12. write it
    You Wrote It and Now You Know It SucksEight writers describe throwing out writing.
  13. write it
    Revision Is My GodImprove your work, and maybe your soul.
  14. write it
    So You Want to Write?Nine professional writers offer advice.
  15. write it
    Writing Probably Won’t Pay the BillsSix professional writers talk finances.
  16. write it
    How to Write When You’re Not Sure About AnythingNot trusting my gut hasn’t stopped me.
  17. write it
    To Be a Writer I Have to Write Every DayIt’s not true for everyone, but it is true for me.
  18. first person
    ‘We Can’t Hire You’Latino writer Alexis Pereira on the most discouraging TV job interview ever.
  19. interview
    A Comedy Education From Late Legend Buck HenryWhat working on The Graduate, Get Smart, SNL, and more taught him about making timeless humor.
  20. the politics of fiction
    Alexander Chee on How to Unlearn EverythingWhen it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?
  21. the politics of fiction
    Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.
  22. good one podcast
    How Danny McBride Crafts the Perfect Opening SceneOn this week’s Good One, McBride walks us through the first scenes of his projects, from Eastbound & Down to The Righteous Gemstones.
  23. style guides
    Against Style Guides — Sort OfA new history of the semicolon shows that grammar guides have been ever with us and never particularly helpful.
  24. science of us
    Why Does Writing Suck?The highs of a writer’s life are high, and the lows are very, very low.
  25. woah
    The Petty Writing Mistake That Drives Me NutsFor no good reason, and I know I’m wrong to care, but I do, and so I looked for company.
  26. ask polly
    ‘I Can’t Stop Comparing Myself to More Successful Writers!’You need to stop seeing the world through the lens of your fears.
  27. books
    How to Write a Female Serial KillerOyinkan Braithwaite on writing a protagonist who kills men, just because she feels like it.
  28. testing testing
    The 100 Best Pens, As Tested by Strategist EditorsThe best felt-tips, ballpoints, gel, fountain, and rollerball pens, as judged by the writers and editors who tested them.
  29. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Quit My Day Job to Write a Book?’It’s harder to finish creative work when you view it as a means to an end.
  30. motherhood
    When Writers Become MothersAnd how my own mother helped me become both.
  31. science of us
    You Should Probably Do Your Writing in the MorningHow to schedule your work according to your attention span.
  32. science of us
    9 Writers on the Most Outrageous Ways They’ve ProcrastinatedA few even left the country.
  33. science of us
    Just Write 500 WordsIt’s simple.
  34. A Great Comedy Resource: the ‘Conan’ Writers’ Transitions ListIf the Workaholics writers’ board of terrible joke clichés is a solid resource for what phrases not to use as a writer or comedian, then the […]
  35. Writers Really Love Seeing People Being Courteous on the SubwayPlus other things we learned from a questionnaire given to the five One Book, One New York contenders. (Big fans of Wild Wild Country.)
  36. Talking ‘Look Alive Out There’ and the Importance of Humor Writing with […]Sloane Crosley may be an accomplished writer, but she’s still humble. Crosley is the acclaimed author of essay collections I Was Told There’d […]
  37. ‘Veep,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and More Win 2018 WGA […]The 2018 Writers Guild Awards were handed out in New York and Los Angeles last night, and when it comes to this year’s comedy nominees, Veep, […]
  38. literature
    What I Learned After Lorin Stein Published My StoryA lesson in power, sex, and fiction.
  39. 2018 WGA Award Nominations Include ‘American Vandal,’ ‘Nathan for You,’ […]The Writers Guild of America announced its list of 2018 WGA Award nominees today, which includes returning series like Nathan for You, Silicon […]
  40. Mudbound’s Dee Rees on Writing Racist Jokes and Directing Mary J. Blige“If you’ve ever been at one of her concerts, it’s like a therapy session with 30,000 people.”
  41. Talking Comedy and Politics with Former Obama Speechwriter David Litt Not many people can claim that they landed their first post-college job as a 24-year-old speechwriter and joke writer for the President of […]
  42. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘I’m Staring Into the Void!’You’re absurdly sensitive and very afraid of the real world.
  43. obituaries
    Second-Wave-Feminist Writer and Activist Kate Millett Dead at 82Andrea Dworkin called her 1970 book, Sexual Politics, “the alpha and omega of the women’s movement.”
  44. Dying May Not Be As Frightening As We Imagine It Will BeA new study analyzed poems and blog posts written by people who were nearing death.
  45. roll clip!
    The Late Sam Shepard Discusses Playwriting in a Clip From California TypewriterShepard is one of many typewriter aficionados who appear in the documentary.
  46. unsolicited advice
    How to Get Fresh Perspective on a Project You’re Sick OfWhat is the creative equivalent of sniffing coffee beans at a perfume shop?
  47. advice
    Ask Polly: How Do I Escape My Professional Envy?Remember that the targets for your jealousy are irrelevant.
  48. Inside James Taylor Johnston’s ‘Stinker Lets Loose!’ with Mike Sacks Author Mike Sacks is reviving a lost genre with his new book Stinker Lets Loose! Sacks, who has penned five popular comedy books, including […]
  49. Writing a Memoir Is a Strange Psychological Trip Through Your PastInsights from people who study autobiographical memory, and people who’ve written autobiographies.
  50. unsolicited advice
    Writer’s Block Is Real, But Don’t Tell Yourself That“People can overthink themselves into deep dark corners, and writer’s block is a good example.”
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