“What are you working on now?” Lovely readers, kind interviewers, beloved family and friends, please, please, please, let us call a moratorium on this question. Because the answer is one or more of the following:Read more
If procrastination was a sport, writers would medal. Going to the gym, cleaning the toilet, de-frosting the freezer, in-box zero, baking, scrolling instagram …these are novice moves. A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon search engine optimizing this website. A new low or levelling up?
But there’s another, more insidious, way we procrastinate.Read more
If you haven’t read The Boat People and don’t want spoilers, save this post for later.Read more
Writers who are not white sometimes struggle with this particular issue. How much consideration should we give to the audience? How much of the culture we are writing about should we translate for the reader? Can we assume the reader knows the definition of a salwar kameez? Must I explain that ammachi means maternal grandmother? That cousin brother is a male cousin and not in any way incestuous?
Authors, take heart. There’s a simple solution to all of this.Read more
If the story is written from the perspective of a character called John. And if John is having toast for breakfast, would you italicize toast?Read more