Louis C.K. (via 30thcenturyboy)
Slavery in the territory that is now the United States lasted more than 330 years. We will be 330 years removed from slavery in the year 2195.
Knit your own boyfriend! Artist in search of the perfect man crafts her own, calls him Arthur and says: ‘he will never dump me!’
Emily Nussbaum on Girls, Enlightened and the power of the alienating TV heroine: http://nyr.kr/XNMKJV
Marissa Meyer is one of our favorite folks ever: not only is she a NYT bestselling author, who’s published three of her NaNo-novels, she’s also an all-around excellent person. And we’re thrilled that today, as she releases her new novel, Scarlet, she’s taken the time to send some pep to all you writers deep in revision during the “Now What?” Months.
Stars above, Fellow Novelist, you did it!
Whether you tackled the 50K challenge last November or have spent the past five years plugging away at your first draft, you now stand among the few, the proud, the somewhat mad. You wrote a novel.
Now you’re ready to tackle whatever comes next. Which is, naturally, the process of revision. There is a lot that can be said about revision. Countless magazine articles and blog posts and even entire books* have been written on this very topic.
Lydia Netzer sold her literary novel Shine Shine Shine and soared to stellar heights as a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and an Amazon Best Books of the Month selection. As part of our Now What? Months, Lydia took the time to tell us how NaNoWriMo failures can become literary masterworks with a little perseverance and revision:
I am evidence that the benefits of NaNoWriMo are not always apparent! Sometimes the most embarrassing, hair-tearing failures can turn into winners—just not always on November 30.
I attempted NaNoWriMo twice with the story that eventually became Shine Shine Shine. The first time, it manifested as a novel about three sisters and their husbands. I got about halfway through the month on schedule, but my inability to stop editing brought me down and I did not finish.
I came away frustrated, convinced that NaNoWriMo should not be attempted with literary fiction. I told myself that this type of book needed stewing, pondering, getting one paragraph at a time on paper, and that the high speed devil-may-care production values of NaNoWriMo made it impossible to even draft the kind of book I wanted to write.