Writing Filter
  1. 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.”

    Art
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  2. How Do You Move Past Rejection? A Writer Reflects

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

    Authors
  3. Exploring Your Craft: Notes from Writers at the Top of Their Game

    Face down the blank page with some expert support in your corner.

    Books
  4. 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.

    Authors
  5. The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume

    Sometimes it takes a touch of darkness (from the “glandular sacs of dead musk deer” to particularly putrid flowers) to create something alluring.

    Culture
  6. Eco-Fiction

    Eco-Fiction is a site dedicated to writing with a strong focus on nature and the environment, “blowing your mind with wild words and worlds.”

    Books
  7. The Penguin Digest

    Penguin Random House India is the subcontinent’s largest English trade publisher; on their blog, they share book excerpts, literary news, and interviews, with a focus on South Asian voices.

    Authors
  8. “These ‘rules’ have shown impressive staying power. From cocktail parties to kitchen tables, these seemingly fascinating bits of grammar trivia have been repeated over and over, in some cases for centuries. Too bad they’re not true.”

    Commentary
  9. Why Emily Contois Is Still Blogging After Six Years

    A recent episode of online trolling hasn’t stopped this food and media scholar from making her voice heard.

    Academia
  10. Why I Owe Everything to Jonathan Gold

    “Being a food writer is the most punk rock thing a person can do, and Jonathan Gold was the most punk rock of us all.” Javier Cabral pays homage to the legendary Los Angeles food writer, who was both his mentor and his role model.

    Current Events
    Illustration by Joaquin Hernandez
  11. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

    Inspiration
    Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  12. Lost Balloon

    Specializing in flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry under 1,000 words, Lost Balloon, a literary journal based in Chicago, shows good things can come in very small packages.

    Fiction
  13. A Dose of Inspiration: Three Perspectives on Writing

    Love to write but sometimes need a boost? Read fellow writers’ insights on the craft.

    Inspiration
  14. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

    Authors
  15. Ann Patchett on Philip Roth

    On Philip Roth’s death: “Now Roth has made the same mistake. He’s no longer here to represent his body of work. It’s up to us to keep reading the books. They are not of this time. They will offend a lot of people. They are some of the very best books I have ever known.”

    Authors