Writing a Novel

Suicide and Reviews: Part II

Tim Sandlin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

Jim Harrison has a list of writers who committed suicide within a month of finishing a novel. Last I heard, he had 35 names. It goes along with the postpartum metaphor. You've been holding the universe and your body together by sheer will for so long, that when you allow yourself to let go, you tend to let go of everything at once and the results can be messy.

On Writing Your Heart Out

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

"Trust your heart," J.D. Salinger's Seymour writes to his brother Buddy. "You're a deserving craftsman. It would never betray you." Do the rest of us get the same dispensation even if we're not deserving craftsmen? Might we be permitted time spent writing potential crap, as long as it's crap that genuinely pleases us (if no one else) to read?