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Sarah Stone

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Sarah Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, was published by WTAW Press in October 2018. Her previous novel, The True Sources of the Nile, has been taught in courses on literature, ethics, and the rhetoric of human rights. It was a BookSense 76 selection, has been translated into German and Dutch, and was included in Geoff Wisner’s A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa. She’s the co-author, with her spouse and writing partner Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Scoundrel Time; Ploughshares; StoryQuarterly; The Believer; the San Francisco Chronicle; The Millions; The Writer’s Chronicle; Dedicated to ...more

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Sarah Stone When I get stuck, I try to get a sense of what's happening, to listen to my writing self. Am I trying to write a final draft, rather than a discovery …moreWhen I get stuck, I try to get a sense of what's happening, to listen to my writing self. Am I trying to write a final draft, rather than a discovery draft? Can I let myself just write badly? Can I skip the scene I'm writing and work on a different one? Is there something I need to learn in order to write the next piece? Is it time to do a freewrite to speculate about what might happen next, or even just to explore what the obstacle might be?

I used to panic when I couldn't write, but now I regard it as part of the process. So I give myself options and try to do whatever seems most alive or interesting in that moment.

And if all else fails, I go for a walk or let myself read and assume that my writing brain is working away, under the surface, and at some point I'll get the glimmer of an idea, or a phrase, and that will help unlock the door so I can move forward.
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Sarah Stone My favorite part of being a writer is the people -- the friends and colleagues and students I've come to know through reading, writing, and teaching. …moreMy favorite part of being a writer is the people -- the friends and colleagues and students I've come to know through reading, writing, and teaching. And also the people I invent, my characters, who come to feel alive to me. Then there are other people's characters, other people's books. When I write (or read), I get to live many lives, not just one. And when my books move or interest other people, and they write me letters -- that's one of the most exciting and happy moments for me as a writer, to know that I've made something that's meaningful to someone else.(less)
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