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Eric Shonkwiler

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Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, Moon Up, Past Full, and the forthcoming 8th Street Power & Light. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He was born and raised in Ohio, and received his MFA from The University of California Riverside. ...more

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Eric Shonkwiler Expect to write failures. Write bad stories, bad novels, bad poems, but write them. It took about 300,000 words of crap before I started to write anyt…moreExpect to write failures. Write bad stories, bad novels, bad poems, but write them. It took about 300,000 words of crap before I started to write anything worthwhile. You have to open the pipes a while before you can expect them to run pure.(less)
Eric Shonkwiler There's no such thing, as far as the common definition. There is no titanic shift in your brain that will keep you from writing. Being stuck will happ…moreThere's no such thing, as far as the common definition. There is no titanic shift in your brain that will keep you from writing. Being stuck will happen, and often, and there are three courses of action:

1. Write through it. Write crap, write drivel, but write.
2. Cut back on the manuscript until you're sure of what's come before. My most common blocks come from subconsciously knowing that what I've put down before was a mistake. Once I cut, and start fresh, the writing flows.
3. Step away. Take a walk, get a drink, go camping. Come back. Write.(less)
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Moon Up, Past Full

Yesterday was the official publication date for Moon Up, Past Full, my collection of novellas and stories. I'm very proud of this book, and happy to finally see it in the world. You can purchase the book in a number of formats, as well as gift packages, at the following link: http://www.press.alternatingcurrentar... Read more of this blog post »
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“One of the biggest sicknesses this world has is expectation. We all expect other people to be a certain way or to do a certain thing. Most people, they spend their whole lives under the wants of other people.”
Eric Shonkwiler

“You're just now getting desperate. When you're really down you won't have anything to say about pride....Pride's for rich folk.”
Eric Shonkwiler, Above All Men

“He wanted to miss his wife, to be doing the simple thing, the heroic thing, to be ordered. He wanted to be there to wish he were home.”
Eric Shonkwiler, Above All Men

“One of the biggest sicknesses this world has is expectation. We all expect other people to be a certain way or to do a certain thing. Most people, they spend their whole lives under the wants of other people.”
Eric Shonkwiler

“He wanted to miss his wife, to be doing the simple thing, the heroic thing, to be ordered. He wanted to be there to wish he were home.”
Eric Shonkwiler, Above All Men

“You're just now getting desperate. When you're really down you won't have anything to say about pride....Pride's for rich folk.”
Eric Shonkwiler, Above All Men

“Whatever he pays me, it won't last longer than the land would. That land will always be there, for me and you, even your kids. The money would only be good for a little while. Things are tough now, but they'll turn around.”
Eric Shonkwiler, Above All Men

“Dear friend now in the dusty clockless hours of the town when the streets lie black and steaming in the wake of the watertrucks and now when the drunk and the homeless have washed up in the lee of walls in alleys or abandoned lots and cats go forth highshouldered and lean in the grim perimeters about, now in these sootblacked brick or cobbled corridors where lightwire shadows make a gothic harp of cellar doors no soul shall walk save you.”
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