There’s nothing that makes me happier than the fiction section of a bookstore. Being able to take care of that section and even stock it? Oh man… read all about it in my new Magus Blog post.
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I started researching Tarot for a small scene in a book that has been currently exiled to the drawer. Like many research projects it got (wonderfully) out of hand. I ended up with two decks, an online class, and a great book by Jessa Crispin. You can read my review of her book The Creative Tarot in my new Magus Bog post.
Working in a bookstore, especially one specializing in magic, religion, and the occult is a temptation for any writer. As someone working on an urban fantasy novel, it’s doubly so. See how I (attempt) to resist temptation in my new Magus Books Blog post.
The idea of querying an agent is a scary one. You’re putting yourself out there for the inevitable rejection with the burning hope for acceptance. Agents and publishers can seem like far off dwellers of ivory towers staring down their noses at you, but Manuscript Wishlist brings them closer to Earth.
Manuscript Wishlist is a portal linking writers with agents and editors. “Manuscript Wish List® and #MSWL are designed to answer one crucial question in the submissions process: ‘What do you wish you had in your inbox?’” According to the site’s about page. It has recently been revamped and now agents and editors can update their own pages by themselves every time the answer to this question changes, so writers can be up-to-date on their wishlists. The site is a great resource for finding agents in a relatable, easily searchable database that helps you see them as humans. I have been using it to compile a list of agents that I will query once I am done with the final edit of my novel. I have found it really easy to use and helpful.
So if you are looking for representation and are not sure where to start: check out Manuscript Wishlist!
On Writing is not a typical writing book. For one thing, it isn’t an instructional manual, it doesn’t give the reader a step by step break down of the process and it only has one, albeit rather interesting, writing exercise prompt. For another thing, it’s written by Stephen King. King puts his own stamp on the genre, turning what could’ve been a dry academic text into cross between a memoir and an advice book nearly as addicting as a fiction page-turner.
One of the greatest things about On Writing is the brutal honesty with which King tackles the craft of writing. “This isn’t a popularity contest, it’s not the moral Olympics, and it’s not church. But it’s writing, damn it, not washing the car or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can’t or won’t, it’s time for you to close the book and do something else. Wash the car, maybe.” (King, 107)
His honesty extends to his life story, chronicling his childhood, struggle to get published, addiction, and terrible car accident in 1999 with the same bluntness. In the memoir section, he dispels the romantic myth of the Hemingway writer who spends his days strung out on his drug of choice. “Hemingway and Fitzgerald didn’t drink because they were creative, alienated, or morally weak. They drank because it’s what alkies are wired up to do. Creative people probably do run a greater risk of alcoholism and addiction…but so what? We all look pretty much the same when we’re puking in the gutter.” (King, 99)
On Writing is a fantastic book and an inspiring read. It will test your mettle if you are unsure of yourself as a writer and reinforce your will if you are set on your path to writing. Either way it is worth reading.