I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don’t know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That’s what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say ‘people,’ that’s what I mean.

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BULLshot: Charley Henley }}} One-Question Interview by Pete Witte

The author of “The Nazi Method” talks about setting … — http://bullmensfiction.com/bullshot-interview/bullshot-charley-henley/


Street art in Poland.

True story.


Street art in Poland.

True story.

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Keep handy.

Keep handy.

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What I Learned to Live With }}} Fiction by Matthew Baker

“Turned out my new roommate had a sexbot. He hadn’t mentioned it in the ad, or even when I moved in. It seemed like the sort of thing he should have … — http://bullmensfiction.com/fiction/new-in-the-horns-what-i-learned-to-live-with/


13 Essential Essays for Writers


Earlier this week we posted a list of our favourite essays for writers. Today the consistently excellent Amanda Oliver got in touch to tell us about her three favourites:

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

And in case you missed it, here is the original list:

On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

If anyone else out there has any suggestions, get in touch!

Run – do not walk – to any of these essays.

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A Prison Happy Ending }}} Prison Review by Curtis Dawkins

“I will venture to say that 90% of prisoners have something good in them. That is probably a percentage on par with everyone in the world. … — http://bullmensfiction.com/prison-review/a-prison-happy-ending/

BULLshot: Colin Fleming }}} One-Question Interview by Pete Witte

The author of “Rimer’s Boots” on research … — http://bullmensfiction.com/bullshot-interview/bullshot-colin-fleming/


Rolls Royce 1926selected by CarsOnTheRoad

It looks so cute and curious.


Rolls Royce 1926
selected by CarsOnTheRoad

It looks so cute and curious.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Trick Quotient }}} Prison Review by Curtis Dawkins

Are you afraid of small, independent publishers? Would you like to support them but can’t afford to toss $15-$20 into the black hole of a possibly bad book? I don’t blame you. Blurbs are meaningless, reviews largely a crock. The safer bet is almost always the big publishers. They get on a f…… — http://bullmensfiction.com/prison-review/trick-quotient/

…but only once they’ve been made into movies are are easily GIF-able.

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BULLshot: Matt Fogarty }}} One-Question Interview by Pete Witte

The author of “Moonman Stories” on form in fiction … — http://bullmensfiction.com/bullshot-interview/bullshot-matt-fogarty/