The forthcoming issue (#87) of the minnesota review features some pretty spectacular poets and fiction writers with bright writing futures ahead of them. As a member of the tmr team who reads submissions, I’ve been wondering what has already happened and, of course, what will happen in the future in regards to the careers of … Continue reading A Peek into tmr’s Past
(Ploughshares is an American literary journal. It was founded in 1971, at an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known for its guest editor policy and publishing literature of the highest order. Some of the writers who’ve placed work in Ploughshares include Raymond Carver, Mona Simpson, Ann Beattie, Robert Pinsky, ZZ Packer, Grace Paley, … Continue reading Advice for Writers & Editors: An Interview with Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief of Ploughshares
10) On the Road by Jack Kerouac Paired with: Bloody Mary because you’re probably still drunk and/or nursing a hangover from the night before and are trying to impress a classmate from your 9 a.m. by talking about how transcendental The Beats were. 9) The Circle by Dave Eggers Paired with: Gin and Tonic because … Continue reading TEN HIPSTER BOOKS and the drink you should be holding when you brag about having read it
Let’s face it—there was once a time when we read a book and fangirl’d hard, waiting for the movie version to come out for Harry Potter, Twilight, or even books geared toward an older audience like Silver Linings Playbook or The Room. After watching the movie we get flabbergasted by the simple fact that Jacob … Continue reading Movie Renditions of Books: Yay Or Nay?
Whenever I read literature about war, I'm left with a feeling I can't quite explain. It's something difficult to reify, or even contemplate. One can envision war, see it dramatized, or listen to firsthand accounts told by a relative. But none of that really does any justice to the true experience. Instead, it creates a … Continue reading Can Literature Make Sense of War?
1. Start the story with an intriguing first line, something that propels the reader forward, captures their attention, makes them feel compelled to read on. Do not start with something boring or commonplace. This is the worst thing you can do. This will make the reader throw your story into a trash compactor and compact … Continue reading A Complete, Totally Definitive Guide to Short Story Craft
Hopefully you already read this wonderful piece on first lines in fiction. Those sentences are important because, of course, they color a reader’s perception of the rest of the story. Daniel discusses a “solicitation of trust”—“a chance for the author to communicate that the reader is in capable hands.” And he’s right: I’ve put down … Continue reading Making Those Last Words Count