Friday, March 25, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Processing Process

Since the UW is still trying to form a post-grad school writing routine (currently it consists of watching Law & Order reruns while folding laundry and casually pondering a story idea - not the most productive process), she found this article to be interesting:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703386704576186693849815886.html?mod=WSJ_Books_LS_Books_5

Having listened to and/or read many a published writer's thoughts on 'process', they are never ever the same from person to person. And the only universal trait amongst them all is the 'doing" - whatever system they have constructed to get to the sweet spot of cranking out story always starts by DOING something (writing by hand, type writer, scroll and quill).

So perhaps the UW should start with some 'doing'... Writerly friends out there who read this blog (are there any of you?), what is your process???

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oh, Canada: the UW's undying love of Alice Munro

Hello dearest loyal readers (all few but hearty of you)! So before launching into her unabashed obsession with Alice Munro, the UW wanted to briefly - in light of recent events- footnote her post about success and Charlie Sheen.

Footnote: wow.

The lesson is that commercial success for damn sure isn't everything. Although apparently "winning" is.

But for an actual example of actual success, the UW offers:
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/03/04/tea-obreht-interview/

This girl is all of like 10 years old (ok, ok, she is actually 24) and was the youngest author featured in the New Yorker's Top 20 writers under 40 and was interviewed in Entertainment Weekly (which is embarrassingly pretty much the UW's primary news source). Clearly, the UW hates her (cut to the UW violently slathering on wrinkle cream while furiously pounding out rambling narrative on her laptop). Sigh. At least now the UW can focus her efforts on "out-olding" the very old guy (David Seidler, age 73) who won the Oscar for writing "The King's Speech." Everyone loves an 80 year old lady "overnight success" story.

Speaking of much older ladies who rule the school -
Enter: Alice Munro (age 79).

The UW spent last week in Canada for a work conference, which made her think of Alice Munro, her favorite Canadian. She is a brilliant writer and one of the definitive short story authors of our time (and other people's times as well). The UW's written exam that accompanied her thesis was basically a love letter to Munro's work. So do yourself a favor and check her out (and aboot)!

Here is the UW's favorite story by Alice Munro called "Fiction" (it is on 12 pages, so just keep clicking next after you read a page):

http://www.dailylit.com/books/fiction/1

Hope you enjoy, eh!