Archive for the 'Humor' Category

The Thrill of the Write

Recently I read on Kirkus about novelists “who do really funky research.” Like Jodi Picoult who spent time in a prison. Susan Minot traveled to Uganda to get to know girls kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Peter Rock explored an underground shelter used by former members of a New Age religion. Ann Tyler has written: […]

How to Make Somebody Hate Reading

Here’s how to make somebody hate reading:  Send them to an American high school. The end. Hmmm – in proofreading this post, it seems a little short. So maybe I should elaborate. I’ve seen some statistics floating around the web claiming that one third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest […]

Anatomy of a Writer

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV, but I’m comfortable giving an anatomy lesson here because, well because the damn blank page can stretch on forever, and somebody’s got to do something about it. One might think the standard anatomical components of a writer are the same as for your […]

Get Over Rejection in 6 Easy Steps

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Stuffing your manuscript in the yellow envelope and mailing it to a magazine feels like putting your kid on the big yellow school bus for her […]

Dispatches from AWP (or, Three Days of Melodrama)

Do you know what I love? Writing conferences. They inspire me. They invigorate me. They connect me with other writers who are as passionate about words and stories as I am. Do you know what I dread? Writing conferences. They terrify and overwhelm me. They make me wonder why I spend thousands of hours with […]

How to Throw a Killer Book Launch Party

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Well, well, WELL, look who’s got a book coming out? What started out as some chickenscratch on a napkin has culminated in a published book with […]

Writer, Boxed

I have a confession. When it comes to art or entertainment, I don’t like categories. It wouldn’t occur to me to put the books, music, or art that I like into any category more specific than “stuff I like.” But I realize most of the world doesn’t think that way. And the publishing business definitely […]

Your Audience Is Unorganized

You want to find a group of ideal readers for your books, but do you ever feel like you are herding cats? The truth is: your audience is unorganized. They do not stack neatly, they don’t always form logical groupings, and they do everything possible to obscure their tastes and behaviors from your view. They […]

You Need to Make These New Year’s Writing Resolutions

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Leave the old year behind like a burning house that you nonchalantly walk away from, and consider 2014 your suspiciously large insurance check. Restart your writing […]

Ten Myths about Writing

One thing I’ve noticed since I became serious about writing is that there are a lot of supposedly universal truths about writers, writing, and the business of publishing. The fact that many of these “truths” tend to directly contradict each other should be enough to raise an eyebrow, but I’ve found that even some of […]

12 Days Of Writer (Unboxed) Christmas

In case any of you can’t read the tiny text under “4 Lovely ARCS,” the covers are from Therese Walsh’s MOON SISTERS novel, which comes out in March, 2014. If you’ve been enjoying Writer Unboxed, I strongly encourage you to show your support by pre-ordering Therese’s book as well as marking it “Want To Read” […]

The Definitive List of Christmas Gifts for Writers

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. It’s four days until Christmas, and if you’re like me, that means it’s almost time to start your Christmas shopping. I’ve assembled a thorough authorial shopping […]