November was National Novel Writing Month. In the last few years people have been encouraged to pen 50,000 words in the 30-day month, averaging 1,667 words per day. Last year, out of 325,142 official global participants, 58,917 reached their goal by November 30. Can we simply train ourselves to write by the numbers and produce books this way?
On the one hand, I think it’s great to set a goal, break it up into smaller steps, and to steadfastly tackle such an enormous project. On the other hand, inspiration can’t be forced or scheduled. Some days, all you want to do is write and the words flow. Continue reading
By Josie Urwin, Publicist
There are heaps of buzz-worthy books coming out this fall. Everyone’s talking about Jonathan Franzen’s Purity, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire (the 900-page behemoth that garnered a $2 million advance from Knopf), Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham’s A Wild Swan and Other Tales, along with a slew of other notable books from some serious literary big hitters.
I’m always one to follow the most-anticipated lists that pop up throughout the year (The Millions’ Great Book Preview is a true gem), so I thought I would compile a little list of the titles that I’m most looking forward to reading this fall, with a little twist — they are all written by women. Continue reading