Category: writers

Women in Horror Month

Enter, you. You’re a writer. You’re a horror writer. You’re a woman.

A Walking Study in Demonology

As someone who is writing her own female villain, I would like to suggest a few of the noteworthy “bad girls” that came before her and helped to inspire her – female villains that are authentically scary, violent, and arguably evil.

The Control Group

This is why a lot of people tell horror stories – they want to conquer some fleeting thing, some image, some sentence, some idea, that scares them.

good prose is like a windowpane

From George Orwell‘s essay “Why I Write”: I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked… Continue Reading “good prose is like a windowpane”

how I learned to stop worrying and love the written word

Written two years before I was born, Lorrie Moore’s “How to Become a Writer Or, Have You Earned This Cliche?” strikes awful close to home, and is probably more useful than any earnest how-to guide. In high school, I once had a creative non-fiction… Continue Reading “how I learned to stop worrying and love the written word”

do what you love what you do

From an interview with Austin Kleon, on how to be a working writer – this is something I realize that I’ve been chasing as well, but it’s harder than you might think when your “life” revolves around policy/political work.  I’ve still got to put… Continue Reading “do what you love what you do”

“Do you still think such-and-such? Do you still believe so-and-so?”

Philip Roth provides a shrewd class in Literary Analysis 101 – a class that a lot of people (readers and writers) apparently didn’t take.  Particularly relevant for people who write about fictional politics and politicians, I might add. Whoever looks for the writer’s thinking in the… Continue Reading ““Do you still think such-and-such? Do you still believe so-and-so?””

“There is nothi…

“There is nothing in ‘The God of Small Things’ that is at odds with what I went on to write politically over 15 years. It’s instinctive territory.” Arundhati Roy, on being a political writer of fiction and non-fiction

love hurts

A very sweet post from Alex Berenson on a main character who’s been with him for years: All of which is another way of saying that John Wells has markedly enriched my life — an impressive feat for a man who doesn’t exist. Sometimes… Continue Reading “love hurts”

maximum suffering

Gary Shteyngart’s interview at the New York Times is pretty cute. I start reading at 4 p.m. and continue way into cocktail hour, which begins at 4:30. I like stories where people suffer a lot. If there’s no suffering, I kind of tune out.… Continue Reading “maximum suffering”