“It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Stephen King talked to The Atlantic about what makes a good first line and picked a few of the best. Also read the favorite opening lines of Jonathan Franzen, Roxane Gay and others.
“I have yet to publish a book. The reason for that is, in part, life gets in the way. There’s work and love and art and art usually comes last, (especially for we women writers). But for me, part of what weighs art down and keeps it in last place is overwhelming self-doubt.” In an essay for Electric Literature Lindsay Merbaum writes about writing, a crippling lack of confidence, and the connection between the two. Also included: that defining moment “when I first realized I was not The Shit.”