Octavia Butler: Physical Writing Process

Inspiring Oneself Octavia Butler's groundbreaking writing continues to captivate readers as they rethink humanity and society through the...

Dalton Trumbo: Physical Writing Process

Writing in the Bathtub & the Duality of Screenwriter-Novelist Dalton Trumbo liked to write while he was in the bathtub. I wouldn’t say...

George R. R. Martin: Writer's Block

"My dream chronology is that the books finish first, and I do have a considerable lead over them," George R. R. Martin said in 2013,...

Gogol’s Impossibilities of Imagination

Some reflections on magical realism via Nikolai Gogol It would be easy to brush aside the absurd impossibilities of Nikolai Gogol’s “The...

Donna Tartt: Physical Writing Process

Literary Talismans Literature as we tend to conceive of it exists in the realm of the mind, represented by little markings that are...

Know Thyself, but be open to new ideas

Note: I’m part of a small writing guild called Scrawl. This is an excerpt from an issue of the Scrawl newsletter. For various reasons,...

Franz Kafka: Physical Writing Process

Quartered Onionskin Paper & My Own Blue Notebooks There’s an episode fairly late in Kafka’s life, September 1917 to April 1918, when his...

William Gibson: Physical Writing Process

The Cyberpunk Future was Written on Hemingway’s Typewriter In my abandoned, unfinished novel RPGs Aren’t Censored, a character says, “The...

Jack Kerouac: Physical Writing Process

Whenever I encounter tales of the way writers physically sit down to write one of their books, I’m always fascinated. I like to imagine...