The most important thing you can do as a storyteller is to continually convince your audience to keep reading. I know that doesn’t sound all that inspiring. It’s all well and good to have aspirations to create great literature or be the voice of your generation or even tell a true story about your life, but to be perfectly frank, none of that can happen if people find your work boring. When readers comes to a point in a story at which they just don’t care to go on, the writer has committed the most unforgivable sin of writing: failing to create and resolve anticipation.
As the writing world knows, AWP took it by storm last week. I won't go into "23 Things I learned from AWP This Year," because I'm sure that's been done before, and, to be honest all I really learned was that I've got a long way to go. And I'm okay with that.
There’s something about the creative process, from the conception of a new idea, to completion, that leaves a permanent impression on anyone. As many of us personally know, it can be a rollercoaster that’s both exhilarating, yet equally anxiety driven.
One of the biggest mistakes on the path to publication is rushing the process. Not only can this result in going the wrong direction and hastily making decisions that will be regretted later; it also impacts those special moments, those first moments that make the entire process feel complete.
It was a whirlwind, but after many sessions, great conversations, late night events, and early morning lines for coffee, AWP in the Twin Cities comes to a close. Thanks to all those who stopped by a Loft session, the Loft booth in the book fair, or one of the stellar events each night at Open Book.
We'll get back on track next week with our regular links roundup, but for now, if you missed it, here is a photo post that gives a taste of all the Loft happenings at AWP.
And just in time for an estimated 13,000 writers to descend on the Twin Cities, Minneapolis was named the most literate city in the country. Saint Paul was number 4.
Finally, we heard many questions about video from the Friday night events at the Loft. They should be available on our YouTube channel next week. Stay tuned.
It’s a story as old as time: boy meets boy in a zombie bar, boys become fast friends, boys start a writing group that later becomes an avante garde literary organization. You’ve heard that one before, yeah? Right, me neither, but one wouldn’t expect an organization like Revolver to develop out of a freshman comp class. Marcus Anthony is one of the boys (correction: men) in the above scenario, when Revolver was just a glimmer in their eyes.
AWP 2015 wrapped up yesterday and, Lofties, we're already feeling a touch nostalgic. From the bustle of the bookfair to the electric energy of our packed off-site events, these last few days have been nothing short of literary heaven. Take a peek at a few of our favorite moments!
Periodically I see conversations arise in the literary world about the likeability of characters. Should characters be likeable? Or is that some kind of literary weakness? Does a likeable character make reading a book or story more pleasant, or do they weaken the work somehow?
Many of us dream of breaking into the children’s literature market. While this isn’t easy to do, knowing certain elements of the children’s literature business greatly increase your chances. For instance, knowing what you are writing is very important.
We’ve got the word in our name here at the Loft. It’s a center for all things “literary.” People around here are “literary.” We host “literary” events. I guess society has an idea of what that word means. It’s almost elitist. It’s for people who read and write and speak like they know something everybody else doesn’t. I grew up in a world, in a culture, in a family that wasn’t “literary.”
We swim in our mother’s stress hormones, breathe in toxins, and are victims of violence at higher rates than folks born into families with more resources. Yet, something magical happens when individuals born and raised in demoralizing conditions due to persistent poverty begin to give the account of their own lives. Conditions, factors, and correlations do not have the last word. Poverty does not have the last word.