Most of you who follow this blog probably don’t know that wine and food journalism is only part of my overall writing repertoire. Fiction, as well, is a large part of my life, and it’s actually because of my desire to learn fiction writing that I fell into this whole wine thing: I was writing a novel,… Continue reading I Can Only Confirm That I Wrote This Story (But Not Which Parts Are True)
I just wrote 38 bar reviews in 24 hours, it was crazy (and believe it or not, I’ve actually been to *most* of them) . . . But what I really wanted to say is that I had some fiction published recently, which is great, because it’s nice to write about something besides food and drinking,… Continue reading February update
From Page Turner: “SH: Well, if you’re working on a book, the book poses a bunch of questions. Maybe it’s (in the case of my second book, Ticknor) “What were the early birth control pioneers like?” or “What was Florence Nightingale all about?” Most of your curiosities don’t even make it into the book, but you… Continue reading Sheila Heti on Writing Outside of the Academy
“My plan was to never get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things. Nabokov didn’t even fold his own umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him.” –Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill (2014) *
MARGAUX: (laughing) It’s just an autobiography. Sheila puts her head in her hands. SHEILA: I know, I know! But my life keeps changing. My life keeps changing!
I’m nearly done editing the first draft of a novel, and it’s a very engrossing process. I think I agree with Verlyn Klinkenborg that the most important task of a writer is to work at the level of the sentence. You can worry about plot and character and POV as much as you want but… Continue reading Sentence Level, thoughts during the editing process
somebody once told me that when she gets distracted by the Internet, she just makes a poem out of the open tabs on her browser. 1) gmail – here I just e-mailed my boss 2) wethinkalone.us – here I signed up to receive a weekly e-mail from some writers including Sheila Heti, whose novel… Continue reading browser poem