How To

How Solange and Morgan Parker Inspired Me to Write My Heroine

I thought I had to make myself smaller, quieter, in order to survive.

Dec 20, 2016
How to Write a Screenplay in a Café

“Whether or not I find the café I want, the screenplay is waiting.”

Dec 07, 2016
How I Made This Comic About How I Make My Comics: An Interactive Essay

“I channel the dancer, the musician, choreographing space, orchestrating time.”

Nov 23, 2016
A Conversation About Acne

“How much money do you think you’ve spent on acne treatment shit in your lifetime?”

The Palette Knife; or, How I Rewrote My Book

It wasn’t a matter of finding my voice, but listening to it. It had been there all along.

Oct 19, 2016
What I Think of the Fact That You Keep Asking Me What My Family Thinks of My Writing

When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.

Oct 18, 2016
The Making of a Comics Memoir

“Over thirty years of friendship amounts to quite a few stories. I whittled away at them to form the story I wanted to tell.”

Oct 17, 2016
A Case of Picnic Anxiety

Introducing End It Now?, an advice column. Question 1: What to do about nervous tics?

In Defense of Suspension Points

“Is the ellipsis an oft-abused stab at accounting for omissions or a way of marking time, which is to say breath, which is to say life, thought?”

Sep 30, 2016
Blank Books and Letting the Ink Dry

“What ideas burn so brightly that they should besmirch generous, bare pages?”

Beyond the Realm of Prosody: The year I spent writing sonnets

How I wrote a failed sonnet that turned into my fourth novel.

Sep 22, 2016
“Unfinished”: On Process and Met Breuer’s “Thoughts Left Visible”

“I can’t help but be reminded of all the times I had put off major revisions in my manuscript in favor of tinkering with the minor.”

Sep 01, 2016
Throwing It Out and Starting Again

“I now see fiction—my own and that of others—as work paused but never finished.”

Aug 25, 2016
I’ll Still Be Afraid to Talk to You Too

How to design fictional characters onto which to project (real) emotional turmoil and process (or not process) family drama.

Aug 24, 2016
When a Character Returns

Edward P. Jones connected recurring characters through his short stories, providing a blueprint for one writer.

In Parentheses

“Parentheses can, as Woolf and Nabokov demonstrate, withstand single years and world wars.”

Aug 18, 2016
Out in the Middle of Somewhere: On Being an Urban Writer at an Artist Residency in Rural Wyoming

My book was set in an office cubicle in New York. How was I to benefit from being in this rugged mountain landscape?

Aug 12, 2016
Leave Out the White Nights: Witness, Voice, and Collective Unrest

“There is, in politics as in writing, the seductive idea that ‘I’ can somehow transcend ‘we.’”

Aug 11, 2016