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Feeling rejected? Anita Loos did, too

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:06pm by  |  Category:

Anita Loos set out to conquer Hollywood before women had the right to vote, so you can image she was familiar with shut doors and flat denials. But the California native kept at it, and the result, among other achievements,…

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Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world. Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them…

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“I Shall Be a Bestselling Writer” — Octavia E. Butler Gives Herself the Advice We All Need to Hear

Posted Mon, 2/08/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Feel like you’ve been seeing a lot of news about Octavia E. Butler lately? Unfortunately, it’s in honor of a sad anniversary. As of February 24, it’s been ten years since the beloved author died at age 58. The anniversary…

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How to Write a Love Letter

Posted Thu, 2/04/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Dear Beloved Reader, We write this at the start of the year’s most love-drunk month: February. Cupid has officially taken up residency in grocery stores near you, trailing a string of red, white, and pink paper hearts. Expect the romance…

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Feeling rejected? So did Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Fri, 1/22/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Twenty years before Kurt Vonnegut published his semi-autobiographical classic Slaughterhouse-Five, he sent his work to The Atlantic Monthly. Here was his first public attempt at capturing on paper the bombing of Dresden (an effort he’d try again in Slaughterhouse). What did…

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Feeling rejected? George Orwell did, too. Thanks, T. S. Eliot!

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 2:59pm by  |  Category:

Trotskyite: that’s the word T. S. Eliot used to describe George Orwell upon reading an early draft of Animal Farm. The book, of course, is now a staple of most high school English classes (let alone “most influential literature” lists)….

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Books Hugo House Loved in 2015 — Read Them This Year

Posted Wed, 1/13/2016 - 8:00pm by  |  Category:

You’ve seen plenty of best books of 2015, but what about favorite? Trust us: there’s a difference. A piece of writing might be the best in its field—renowned for its surprising use of language, its daring feats of prose — but…

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How to Read Your Writing Aloud

Posted Mon, 1/11/2016 - 1:41pm by  |  Category:

Writers are the prairie dogs of the professional kingdom. It’s not that we aren’t social—we spend our days surrounded by people, many of whom we’ve even created ourselves. Rather, we dread the unexpected. Sharpened comments descending without warning, bent on…

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Feeling rejected? Ann Beattie did, too

Posted Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:54pm by  |  Category:

Last week, Sylvia Plath shared her 1962 rejection letter from the New Yorker and, admittedly, it was rather kind as far as rejection letters go. This week, we’re taking no prisoners. Ann Beattie first rose to fame in the early…

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Feeling rejected? Sylvia Plath did, too

Posted Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:56pm by  |  Category:

Sitting at my keyboard, thinking of all the reasons why I shouldn’t write what I need to write, one word tends to flash red across my closed eyelids: rejection. What if the words I pour over, the ones I chisel…

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