Tag Archives: on writing

  1. On Writing: Horror v Terror


    August 30, 2015 by Laird

    Horror is a complex realization of disorder; it is related to disgust. Terror is a visceral reaction to a threat; it …
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  2. On Writing: Philip Roth

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    August 29, 2015 by Laird

    From an interview in the Paris Review: INTERVIEWER Do you have a Roth reader in mind when you write? ROTH No. I …
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  3. On Writing: Grist


    July 26, 2015 by Laird

    Every day, I record three or four one-sentence story ideas. No matter how absurd, or unlikely, or fragmentary, every day …
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  4. On Writing: Cover Letters


    June 29, 2015 by Laird

    Tina Jens has written an essay about cover letters at Black Gate. She lays it all out quite thoroughly. My two cents: …
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  5. On Writing: Justification


    June 6, 2015 by Laird

    On responding to criticism with justification: 1. You will never justify yourself to the satisfaction of your detractors. 2. You …
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  6. On Writing: Lumps


    April 13, 2015 by Laird

    Writing is a form of masochism. Students complain of tough instructors. New authors complain of tough editors. Established authors complain …
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  7. On Writing: A Magnificent Seven


    February 28, 2015 by Laird

    If you want to improve at writing, you must read and you must take apart what you read. I give …
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  8. On Writing: Reading & Richard Matheson Interview


    February 21, 2015 by Laird

    Reading is to writing as boosters are to the rocket driving toward space.

  9. On Writing: Know Your Value


    January 22, 2015 by Laird

    In the interest of making a public service announcement: Best practices are common enough. While not everyone agrees regarding particulars, …
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  10. On Writing: The Weight


    January 12, 2015 by Laird

    Writing well doesn’t get easier. It’s not supposed to get easier–as you gain power and skill, you load more weight …
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