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  1. Thirteen Thoughts On Writing

    Paul Skenazy on writing, on the Brevity blog: “Defend your story; don’t give up on it. At the same time, accept that you actually don’t know what the story is that you can tell. It’s likely that what you thought is your story is not your story but a way to discover your story.”

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  2. Entre Nous: Tressie McMillan-Cottom

    In Barb magazine, founder Marcelle Karp has a wide-ranging conversation with author and professor Tressie McMillan Cottom, on the South, black feminism, being a little petty, and much more.

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  3. Dani Shapiro on her new memoir, DNA, and more

    “Hundreds of thousands of people are discovering that they didn’t know significant aspects of their own identities.” On her blog, Leslie Lindsay interviews author Dani Shapiro about her memoir Inheritance.

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  4. The Indignities of Poverty, Compounded by the Requirement to Prove It

    In an excerpt from her debut memoir, WordPress.com blogger-turned-author Stephanie Land recalls moving from a homeless shelter to transitional housing with her young daughter.

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  5. I Didn’t Realize that I Could Be a Voice for a Population of People

    “All I’ve wanted from the beginning is just to put a human face on poverty that is not the one that we think of…” Stephanie Land, who wrote a memoir on working as a maid and being a single mother, first found an audience on her blog.

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  6. ‘If I was waiting for confidence to write, I’d still be waiting’

    Online mag gal-dem sits down with writer and cultural critic Roxane Gay: “Bodies rarely follow rules. We all live in bodies that are complicated, and we should create space for that unruliness instead of always trying to discipline it.”

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  7. Writing “From the Center of a Trauma” — An Interview With Dani Shapiro

    At Musing, adoptee Betsy Coughlin recounts discovering her own true ancestry as part of her interview with Dani Shapiro, author of the new memoir, Inheritance.

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  8. My Year of Writing Anonymously

    “I found that when students wrote without their names, much that was awkward, dull, strained, and frankly boring fell away. It was like watching people who thought they couldn’t dance dancing beautifully in the dark.” Stacey D’Erasmo describes the freedom of writing, minus the byline.

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  9. Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2019

    Start planning your 2019 reading schedule with Literary Hub’s exhaustive list of exciting future releases — including numerous titles by women writers and writers of color.

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  10. The Ultimate Women in Science Reading List: 150 Essential Titles

    At Women You Should Know, Dale DeBakcsy compiles a list of books by and about women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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  11. White Space: An Annotation

    At Brevity, Jennifer Gravley meditates on possibilities: “White space is neither the moment before or after but the decision itself, the needle pushing through the fabric of time. The writer pulls the thread already in the needle forward.”

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  12. John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire: Prologue

    “The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse.” At Tor.com, read the prologue from acclaimed sci-fi author John Scalzi’s upcoming “epic space-opera novel,” The Consuming Fire.”

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  13. How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book

    The Shooting Star blogger talks about nomadic life, building a readership that cares, and avoiding the pitfalls of overtourism.

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  14. How Do You Move Past Rejection? A Writer Reflects

    For Holland Rae, a “no” can be deflating — but also energizing.

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  15. Hello Rejection, My Old Friend

    “I’d like to say who cares, but I do care.” Romance novelist Holland Rae writes on rejection — an integral part of the creative process for most artists and writers (not to mention job and college applicants) — and what keeps her motivated.

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