I’ve long ago given up on New Years resolutions as just another way to beat myself up. Really, who needs more of that? Instead I’m flipping through one of my favorite books on writing — Ariel Gore’s How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead — and having some laughs. At myself.
Gore gives a load of good advice on the writing life, but more importantly she spurs you onward with pluck and a sense of humor, walking that line of Take Yourself Seriously! But not too Seriously! with just the right balance. If you’re looking for inspiration for gluing your butt to the chair and churning out your inner genius, without feeling like you could poke out both eyes with a fork, take a gander at How To Become A Famous Writer …. With chapter titles like these, I promise you’ll have some fun.
“Stories Are Like Feral Kittens”
“Be Just As Crazy As You Are”
“Don’t Say Plethora”
“Be An Anthology Slut”
Stories are like feral kittens? Oh YES! This I must read. (You are so bad for my Portland moving fund!)
Be An Anthology Slut – Love it. It’s going on the list. My Kindle arrived this morning – maybe this is available in e-book? (that’s after I read the instruction manual, etc…)
Downith, let us all know how you like that new e-reader!
Hi Teri, I’m having a great time reading your posts–I’ll be back for sure. (And funny how JB was once a, well, JB man before he was shaken and stirred…)
I’m game if I get to be a slut!
I’m with ya sister! See how much fun this whole writing-thing can be.
I’ve been called a slut. May as well be one.
Also, you know who’s an anthology slut? Neil Gaiman. Yummers.
I needed that laugh about right now, Lisa. 🙂 On the same-ish subject, I got the latest issue of The Writers Chronicle today and guess who’s got an article? Jacob M. Appel. I swear that guy is in every lit magazine known to man.
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