The Writing Life: On Guilt and Balance

My to-do list is like that interior hallway from the novel House of Leaves: it grows, inexplicably and paradoxically, larger than the structure that’s supposed to hold it. Each time I think I’ve regained control of the list, it somehow expands into a deeper, darker abyss.

Diary of a Slush Reader: Rejection

Most slush readers are writers themselves and therefore have moments of extreme guilt about rejections. This is especially true for me when the story is close to ready or when I recognize something of my own work in it, when I realize that a problem with a submitted story is one of my own writing habits or tics.

Resources for Writers: A Quick Guide

Whether you are just entering the writing and publishing game or have been around the block a few times, here’s a roundup of resources that have served this MFA student well and will maybe become your new writerly best friends, too