Is Letter Writing Dead? Advice on Not Giving Up & Vonnegut’s Style Tips

Is Letter Writing Dead? Advice on Not Giving Up & Vonnegut’s Style Tips
Updated on 18 September 2015

Having writing goals and setting a high bar for yourself can be extremely motivating, or quite the opposite. New York Magazine’s ‘Dear Polly’ entry for this week addresses the desire to quit with an ample dose of sincerity and empathy. Check out that story and a few other highlights that we enjoyed from around the web this week. Have something you’d like to see us cover here? Let us know in the comment section!

Our Favorite Stories:

  1. Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing? (The Cut)
  2. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing with style (Boing Boing)
  3. Is letter writing dead among youngsters? (The Telegraph)

Staff Book Picks of the Week:

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs: A Novel (Fiction) Matthew Dicks

“Caroline Jacobs is a wimp, someone who specializes in the suffering of tiny indignities in silence. And the big ones, too. But when the twinset wearing president of the local Parent Teacher Organization steps out of line one too many times, Caroline musters the courage to assert herself. With a four-letter word, no less.”

The Art of Memoir (Nonfiction) Mary Karr

“…[Karr] breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.”

Author & Illustrator Birthdays

Valerie Tripp – September 12, 1951 Roald Dahl – September 13, 1916 Else Holmelund Minarik – September 13, 1920 William H. Armstrong – September 14, 1914 Diane Goode – September 14, 1949 Elizabeth Winthrop – September 14, 1948 Bjorn Berg – September 17, 1923 Gail Carson Levine – September 17, 1947 Paul Goble – September 17, 1945 H.A. Rey – September 17, 1898

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