Sandy Novack, author of "Precious," has generously posted pictures of her process during the writing of her debut novel. I'm always fascinated by how other writers work, and I suspect many of us are. It's such an insular act and so when we're allowed a peek into another writer's world, I think it may alleviate some of the loneliness.
It's also a superb example of the power of revision and the power of the process itself. Reading Sandy's book, you can see for yourselves how something amazingly beautiful can emmerge from a process that's allowed to get "messy."
Here's to getting messy.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.