Read Local by Category: About Writing

Book cover
May 3, 2017

"For true contentment, one must carry a book at all times."

 ~Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs

It makes sense that a collection of autobiographical essays by a Pulitzer prize-winning author would include a few thoughts on writing. The act of writing is far from the theme of Michael Chabon's book on family and gender roles, but comments on it are present. Aside from the quote above, two passages in particular speak to the process of artistic creation.

Christine Taylor-Butler article header; a monochromatic, faded image of a collage of her books with the title written over it.
Apr 19, 2017

"Either your writing is a hobby, or it's a business. It can't be both," writes local author Christine Taylor-Butler in a recent blog post for KCSourceLink.

Nov 23, 2016

If you missed our 2016 Writers Conference, do not despair. We’ll be back the first weekend in November 2017. In the meantime, here are some words of wisdom from fellow writers who made appearances:

What is your best writing resource?

A clock on a wall
Nov 9, 2016

Dramatic life moments are a great source of creative fodder, and moving on from them is usually aided by processing them through creative output. They inspire us to write. They inform what we write. They heal when we write.

After the fact.

When in the midst of things, though, I find I can't write anything at all. The harder I try, the more numb I become. It's all too immediate. I can't get a handle on it, can't find words to relate it.

Illustration of robot and human sitting on opposite sides under a tree, each writing a poem.
Jul 13, 2016

Computer scientists have recently tried programming Artificial Intelligences to create poetry. Computers are the ultimate masters of pattern. Their function depends upon it. So it makes sense that they would be capable of mastering the patterns of language. But is mastery of pattern enough to create poetry?

Jun 29, 2016

Have you encountered Hometown Reads? An impressive site after our own hearts!

A division of Weaving Influence, a full-service digital marketing agency, Hometown Reads might soon be a wonderful place to market your book. It launched in Toledo, Ohio and is quickly expanding to other Midwest cities. While Kansas City is not yet included, as soon as ten authors sign up they'll add us. And it's free! 

Looking up at the underside of decking with the sun shining through the slats
Jun 22, 2016

Today we offer a collection of loosely related thoughts, observations, and insights related to writing.

Jun 15, 2016

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

 ~ Francis Bacon, 'Of studies' (1625)

Book cover: The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
Jun 1, 2016

For your Summer Reading consideration we offer two books from our to-read list that pair quite nicely. They are both from 2012 and delve into the science of stories and storytelling, how our brains are innately wired to think in story and how best to tap into that wiring when crafting your own stories.

May 25, 2016

In Dancing on the Head of a Pen, Robert Benson says, “Most of us who write are curious about, if not downright fascinated by, how other writers go about their work, especially those writers whose work we admire.” So it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with New Hampshire Public Radio’s 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop.