Maxwell Perkins Is My Homeboy

Maxwell Perkins was literary editor to Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. Perkins was responsible for helping forth such classics as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, The Great Gatsby and many more American works that we take for granted as integral to the literary heritage of our country. Maxwell Perkins is perhaps most famous for teasing out the best possible work from recalcitrant, alcoholic, undisciplined writers. I picture him at his desk, so handsome and sure. So knowledgeable and intelligent. You can do this work, he says. I believe in you. What a powerful talisman is a…

The Best Writing Advice Ever

Here is my writing advice: Whatever you do, don’t ask me for writing advice. Asking me for writing advice is like asking a thrasher in a mosh pit for ballet lessons. Ask Janet Fitch, writing professor and author of White Oleander and Paint it Black: 10 Writing Tips That Can Help Almost Anyone Listen to Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, The Sandman series, Ocean at the End of the Lane, and so many more wonderful stories: Advice to Authors Be inspired by Joyce Carol Oates: Writing Advice from Joyce Carol Oates Get off your butt according to Cheryl Strayed: Dear Sugar…