He Couldn’t Read It, So He Wrote It, a guest post by Justin Arnold

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that I could write my own community’s experience in fiction. Growing up in a small, red-state town, I was told a lot of lies. Being gay was a foreign, mythical creature that us “good folk” didn’t know too much about. As rare as vampires, and more … Read more

I Wrote a Book About the Pandemic. I’m Scared No One Will Want to Read It, a guest post by Sara Saedi

Early on into the pandemic, I started to experience a bit of an identity crisis. I’m sure a lot of women did. I was sheltering at home, in Los Angeles, with my husband and my toddler boys (aged 3 and 1 at the time), my job as a TV writer on The CW show, Katy … Read more

Why I Wrote BIG LIES, a guest post by Mark Kurlansky

“Truth tickles everyone’s nostrils. The question is, how’s it to be pulled from the heap?” —Isaac Babel, “My First Goose” (a story in Red Cavalry1926) It is in a writer’s nature to want to communicate ideas, beliefs, and knowledge that readers will accept and maybe even embrace. Usually that’s what I want, too, but not … Read more