Writing Schedules: Begin with a Blessing


bissingerDo you have a writing schedule?  Mine is: wake up, fret about writing, make some tea and fret some more.  If yours is looking about the same, then what about taking a tip from Henry Miller, who began his day with a blessing? 

“I open the door in the morning, look towards the sun rising over the mountains, and bless the whole world, birds, flowers and beasts included.  After I have moved my bowels I take the hound for a walk.  Then a stint of writing, then lunch, then a siesta, then water colors, then correspondence, then a book, then a fuck, then a nap, then dinner, and so to bed early and up early and all’s well except when I visit the dentist now and then.”  

If we take him at face value (which might be the only way to take him) then writing is a part of a larger creative life, all of which gets to be nurtured and enjoyed. 

(from The Devil at Large: Erica Jong On Henry Miller, By Erica Jong)

 

Launch Party for Rich With Pizza! 61 Local Brooklyn – BE THERE!

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Launch Party for Rich With Pizza, by Patrick Morris

When: May 13, 2014, 7pm – 10pm

Where: 61 Local

LitWrap helped inspire a book! Many of you probably remember Patrick Morris, the hilarious ginger who read with us at some of our early events. He (over-generously) credits those readings with helping him get rolling on this – his first ever book of essays and short fiction: Rich With Pizza.

I’ve read it and I can’t say enough how funny, sweet, honest, well remembered, and/or deftly imagined it is. If you want proof, check out this excerpt from the introduction. 

Come say hi, give your compadre a pat on the back, and celebrate with us at our spot, 61 Local in Brooklyn. So excited to see you there!

The Best Fellowships and Retreats for Writers

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If heaven is a writing desk, then what’s a writing desk in a cabin in the woods?  With breakfast delivered to your door? That, my friend, is called a retreat.

Sure you’ve heard of Yaddo’s 400-acre creative community in Saratoga Springs, but what about the Wellspring House in Ashfield, MA, or the Haven Writing Retreat in Whitefish, MT?  Some fellowships also offer peaceful places to write like the WCR Writing Fellowship in the Redwoods in Soquel, CA.

Brené Brown says, the only thing that differentiates between people who go after what they want and those who don’t is that those who do feel worthy.  So go for it!  Ra-ra heavenly writing retreats for all.

More here on the 12 top Fellowships and Retreats. (photo from: hedgebrook.org)

The Rattling Wall: Submission Deadline May 1st

imgresThe three year old LA based literary journal is accepting sophisticated short fiction (yes please!), travel essays (hm, something to think about) and poetry submissions (try something new, anyone?).  

They may be too young to nominate for the Pushcart, but don’t overlook this one.  It’s a style heavy magazine with great writers and a selected artist for each issue.  

Polish up a piece now and send in, snail mail, by the end of the month.

#readwomen

Virginia WoolfDon’t be like David Gilmour, the writer and professor who sparked controversy last year when he said he was not interested in reading books by female authors (save Virginia Woolf.)

In light of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch, Time has come up with a list of seminal women writers and why you should be reading them. Hop to it! And if you’re on Twitter, check out the hashtag  #readwomen2014 for great new books by women.