The Long Haul: What Creative People Can Learn from Diana Nyad, Tommy Caldwell, and Frigate Birds
Can writing change the shape of our organs? Do brains warp into book-making shape?
I’m writing a book. It’s been a long haul. So far it’s taken about five years of writing-time-slivers Macgyvered out of a busy life, about five different drafts. Why do I keep going? Or maybe I mean: How?
Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life, Almost there, almost there,
Amy Shearn is the author of two novels, The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is The Ocean From Here. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, The Millions, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Minnesota MFA program, she has been awarded a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Amy has taught writing for Sackett Street Writers' Workshops and NYU, and curated an interview series at the Brooklyn Public Library. Currently, she is an editor at JSTOR Daily, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
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To all the wonderful would-be authors out there: Do as I say, not as I do.
I thought I was the exception to every rule about writing being a hard living. I got exactly what I deserved.