Cover Photo: photo by Ruth Hartnup/flickr
photo by Ruth Hartnup/flickr

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,

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Amy Shearn is the author of the novels Unseen City, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, and How Far Is the Ocean From Here. She has worked as an editor at several publications including JSTOR Daily, Forge, Creators Hub, Human Parts, and Joyland Literary Magazine, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Amy received a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Unruly Retreat, and The Cabins. Amy has an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her two children. You can find her at or @amyshearn.