What do you do when writing seems to become harder, not easier, as your career moves forward?
A personal essay by Catherine Hernandez.
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Dear Agony Editor, I’ve been writing pieces of a very long story for several years. I have trouble remembering what… Read More »
I wrote a children’s story with my oldest granddaughter in mind, and I’m not sure what I might do with it.
Dear Agony Editor, (Illustration: Evan Munday) Writing fiction can be very solitary. How do I keep on writing when I’m… Read More »
Dear Agony Editor, (Illustration: Evan Munday) I’m in a writing group, but I often find the feedback I get to… Read More »
Dear Agony Editor, I read a lot. I think being familiar with other writing and paying attention to their craft… Read More »
Dear Agony Editor, For the past seven years, I’ve been working on my debut literary masterpiece. I’ve attended workshops and… Read More »
Dear Agony Editor, I was on a panel at a writers’ festival. One of my co-panelists disagreed openly with everything… Read More »
Dear Agony Editor, My husband recently retired and is fulfilling his dream of writing a novel. In my opinion as… Read More »
Sometimes, parents just don’t want to understand. Dear Agony Editor, I’m a small-press author who has published two collections of… Read More »
If you want to be the next Martha, start fine-tuning your personal brand Dear Agony Editor, I just started a… Read More »
Don’t be afraid to call someone out for thinking you’re Toni Morrison Dear Agony Editor, I’m a female writer of… Read More »
Be warned: there must be 50 ways to write about your ex-lover Dear Agony Editor, I had a brief but… Read More »
Feedback ain’t cheap. But sometimes paying for it can pay off Dear Agony Editor, As an aspiring writer, I enter… Read More »
Unless you’re a former drug addict with a strong narrative voice, rethink that memoir Dear Agony Editor, I have had… Read More »
Too many cooks spoil the broth. Too many spicey spouses enrage the editor Dear Agony Editor, Another editor I quite… Read More »
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