June 8, 2018

The Quest for the Enchanted Writing Tip

By Caroline Hagood

Many writers spend their whole careers chasing that enchanted writing tip that will make them extraordinary, and there’s certainly no shortage of craft advice. Some authors (I’m looking at you, […]

May 15, 2018

Finding the Magic Writing Ritual

By Caroline Hagood

Writers’ rituals are central to the way they work and are often treated as acts of spirituality or even seance. Haruki Murakami refers to his routine as “a form of […]

June 30, 2016

Most People Are Not Your Friends

By Sejal Shah

In the fifth grade, I was friends with a girl on my street. Best friends—though we did not wear those Be Fri / St Ends necklaces—a heart split in two—each […]

May 17, 2016

The Power of Ritual and Routine?

By Jeff Alessandrelli

What power does ritual and routine hold in a writer’s life? It obviously depends on the writer. “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition,” wrote W.H. Auden […]

May 13, 2016

Aloha, Mother

By Sejal Shah

Toni Morrison, in her essay “The Site of Memory,” writes: All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like […]

December 11, 2014

Martyr Stories, Past and Present

By Amit Majmudar

Some of the most popular stories in medieval Europe were tales of saints and martyrs. Many of the hagiographies were essentially martyr stories as well, seeing as most early Christians were […]