It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for a post to Alex J. Cavanaugh's brain child, http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/! Click on the link to join! Don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter. It's full of helpful tips for writers trying to make it in this fickle business.
In my writing cohort at http://www.ciis.edu/ in San Francisco we've been discussing time, memory, and metaphor. While going through our critiques I could see that some of the best writing within each piece tended to be the most controversial.
When I pointed this out, a visual artist and writer in our group laughed.
Spiked Lily played with his tactical pen.
We all stared at him.
"Keep Out, signs are a guide." he said.
It's so true. As we were pointing out the strongest parts of each piece we were insecure about addressing the topics. Unabashedly writing about sex, power struggles, mental illness, addiction, oh hell - the human condition in its entirety holds peoples interest.
That's why www.goodreads.com/book/show/17225311-tampa has and is continuing to sell so well, Lolita will always be a must read classic, and Oedipus Rex seems to sneak its way into our Mother's Day display. (Naughty booksellers!)
I've been focused on the rewrite of my master thesis, working title North Beach. North Beach details the life of a writer/ stripper who is the unlikely sleuth in the mysterious death of a book collector. The story highlights parts of the city that aren't talked about in polite circles, but are even more popular than ever among the tech and banking crowd.
I've faced questions as a feminist. I've been told I set women back a thousand years. I had no idea I was so powerful. I'm trying to be more secure in my subversive choices. Do you have any advice?
Hope everyone had an awesome January!