Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Putting a Writing Life on Display

For my readers in the USA—be THANKFUL you can write in private—today’s re-blog shows you why…

For all my other readers—Be Thankful—for Something—today’s re-blog shows you why… :-)


It’s not uncommon for writers to document the writing process via an anxious dream journal, or on Twitter, or in emails to their friends. Artist and author Gabriela Denise Frank took this impulse one step further. Frank moved her living room furniture into Seattle’s Central Library. For 30 days, she brought her laptop and headphones and set up shop on her own couch, in the middle of the library. And her laptop? It was hooked up to a giant monitor, displaying her every typed word. Her roughest rough drafts were privy to observation and commentary by library patrons. Read about her “novel performance” at The Rumpus.

Around that time, I discovered a quote by John Green that cemented my resolve: “Writing is something you do alone. It is a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” Why…

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