Cover Photo: Clemson University Library/flickr
Clemson University Library/flickr

The Writer Is In

“Storytellers came to me looking for connection—which was, of course, the very thing I’d been craving myself.”

Last fall, I was adrift. My debut novel had come out a few months before, and I was enduring a period of novelistic postpartum depression I had been warned about, yet somehow never believed in or prepared for. My day-to-day life had reverted, more or less, to its pre-book state, and I sometimes woke up wondering if that beautiful moment of feeling work and intention crystallize into accomplishment had ever really happened.

Can I get an Instagram of this?How many people would like it?

Someone likes me!Where would I work?

What if I don’t have time to finish revising my own projects? What if I can’t get my schedule to work?What if I’m bad at it? What if no one likes me? What if no one comes?


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Adrienne Celt is the author of the novel THE DAUGHTERS (Liveright, 2015) and the forthcoming comic chapbook APOCALYPSE HOW? An Existential Bestiary (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2016). Find her online at or @celtadri.

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