No matter what genre you write in or want to write in the usual advice is to write what you know. But sooner or later every writer wonders, what could I possibly know that’s worth writing about? What this question really translates to is, “What can I write about that others will be interested in reading?”
How to remember a life, to reconcile losses with the joy of living, to sort the puzzle of what was imagined and what became real? These are the questions that marked my reading of Route 66 and Its Sorrows by Carolyn Miller.
Born in the predominantly agricultural state of Haryana in India, Amit Dahiyabadshah, an eminent, poet of India, still carries in his heart a love for the earth and soil.
“First of all, I am in awe sitting among Holocaust Survivors who made and actually endured history. No teacher anywhere can truly teach what all of you in this room know from first-hand and tragic circumstances.”
The air was filled with the smell of pizza and the sounds of freshman chatter everywhere while I made my way to the English Department table on the second floor of Giddens Learning Center welcomed by the bright posters of the English Department and smiles of the professors eager to answer the questions of prospect English majors.
So you wrote a book. Congratulations! So did everyone else. One of the most common questions I get asked is, What now? What happens next? How does a writer proceed beyond this phase, and why is the world of publishing so inaccessible past the writing stage? How do I venture out, and how do I get noticed? I’m here today to take a little mystery out of this process, so you can feel safer in your lifeboat as you navigate the murky waters of starting-out.
We actually just finished putting together our fall issue, and that should be out by late November. I think this next issue is our best issue yet.
Cyril Wong is the author of nine collections of poetry and a book of short stories. His last book was Satori Blues(Softblow Press 2011). He resides in Singapore and is based at The Substation, Singapore's first independent arts centre.
No matter where our writers are from or what they have experienced, they all have a little something in common...
In novels, plays, and motion pictures, it’s a well-known trope. From Star Wars to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings to Battlestar Galactica to Harry Potter and even Julius Caesar, there’s a prophecy, and the characters have been holding to it for many years — generations even. The problem is, the prophecy is so vague, no one can agree on its meaning.