- When I get discouraged about how hard it is to write a novel, I read my notes from workshop with Junot. When that’s not enough, I also read what he said on Oprah.com.
- The widely read Ten Rules for Writing Fiction Part 1 and Part 2. (but be careful, instead of inspiring me, the lists put me in a writing death spiral). Sample with a small bite. If you find yourself wanting to tear your novel into bits and find yourself mentally constipated, STOP reading. Follow with Milk of Magnesia or Castor Oil…(a friend of mine pointed out that “rules for writing” is kind of ridiculous).
- But–my friend Elena Shapiro felt inspired by the lists and made her own.
- I like to read my friend Scott’s blog. He is a doctor who refuses to call himself a writer, but I think he’s a fantastic writer. His post about his “Bavarian Adventure” is funny as hell, and touching as hell.
- I’m up at I Am Korean American.
- Congratulations to friends Yiyun Li, Nina LaCour, and Novella Carpenter for Northern California Book Award nominations!
- brilliant insight from Elizabeth Stark: “…writing is the only art where people want not to have to practice.”
- Not writerly but funny. Writers need to laugh, too. Presidential Reunion w Ferrell/Dubya, Carvey/Bush Sr., Hammond/Clinton, Chase/Ford, Akroyd/Carter, Jim Carrey/spirit of Reagan.
- Andrew Whitacre shares an incredible poem by Jack Gilbert. It was just what I needed to read the other day.
- Not about books or writing…but hey, most writers drink milk, right? So, um…Where is my milk from?
- I love Seoul and this is a fantastic perspective on Seoul by the author of Absurdistan
- I may love Seoul, but I’m obsessed with North Korea. Here’s a post about a Sunday drive through Pyongyang. Literally. The dude is taking a Sunday drive through Pyongyang.