Dispatch from the Typosphere

Thank  you, Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution, for your wonderful book and inspiration. If you saw the documentary, California Typewriter, you’ve seen Richard and were introduced to the Typewriter Manifesto. The following was written using a Hermes 3000 typewriter and it was inspired by my Literary Posse students.


Debut novelists Yoojin Grace Wuertz and Julianne Pachico on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelists Yoojin Grace Wuertz, author of Everything Belongs to Us, and Julianne Pachico, author of The Lucky Ones, join Marrie Stone.

Grace discusses the politics and culture of South Korea in the 1970s. Julianne talks about growing up in Columbia, and how perceptions of that country have changed over the past ten years. Both women talk about how being bilingual enriches their craft, and how writing about the countries that feel closest to them have changed their understanding of those places . . . or not.

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(Broadcast date: April 19, 2017)

Revision tool: Shrink your manuscript

I’m revising my novel and am looking for tips, so I went online and came across this idea by Darcy Pattison. It calls for shrinking your manuscript so you can see the structure, see your strongest chapters, character arc, etc. This 20-minute YouTube video shows you how.  Let me know how it works for you and if you come across any other good methods that help you revise, report back with those, too.

Writers’ resources

What you see below are links to websites that I talk about with writer friends and students. Today, on an ASJA writers retreat in Palm Springs, in between a walk and a tele-lecture by Ryan Galloway of Contently , I decided it was past time to share this these resources. As I come across new sites to share, I’ll add them to the list, so check back often.

The Op-Ed project – A group that’s all about writing op-ed pieces and essays.

New Pages – Links to, and reviews of, literary journals.

Web del Sol – Links to literary journals and writers’ resources.

Duotrope – For pocket change every month, Duotrope gives you access to just about every U.S. lit journal or magazine.

Scriptnotes – The best podcast for screenwriters that I’ve found thus far. The hosts, John August (Big Fish) and Craig Maizin (Identity Thief), are working screenwriters who believe everything you need to know about screenwriting can be found on their podcast.

Publisher’s Lunch – Daily publishing news.

Publisher’s Marketplace – A compendium of agent listings and links. $25 a month. Subscribe for a month, use it all you can, and end your subscription. Easy.

And of course my show, Writers on Writing, features interviews with authors every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. PT. KUCI-FM 88.9. Shows are later podcast on iTunes. Please subscribe to the show, free of charge, on iTunes and if you like the show, we’d love it if you would write a review.