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Fuel for Writers

I’ll begin with a huge generalization that I believe is hugely true

Writers Reading Fuel

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Life is a writer’s fuel…

Notwithstanding that rather large truth (and realizing that there are truths within Truth), I said in a past post (about stealing time to read…):

“I’ve been reading lately to maintain my WriterlyMind—reading is what trained me for writing…

“This means taking the time to read whole novels…”

And, while reading novels or novellas or short stories or microfiction or poetry provides Fuel for the WriterlyMind, articles and essays can also provide propellants

Consider the non-profit magazine, Aeon.

Even though I can’t agree with every opinion of every writer in that magazine, they all can fuel writing prompts…

From their AboutPage:

“Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 we have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts.”

Next, from Jane Friedman‘s blog, the article, The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites ( Be sure to go read what she says about each of these sources of WriterlyFuel ):



Electric Literature

The Rumpus

The Millions

The Paris Review blog

3 a.m. Magazine

The Nervous Breakdown


Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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Does Loving Their Kindle Make A Writer A Traitor? ~or~ Does Liking Amazon Make An Author A Saboteur?

Amazon is huge—most everything you can think of is or could be sold there

Many people, bookstores, and publishers are mad as hell about Amazon.

How dare they sell books for less than they pay for them?

How dare they sell their reading devices at cost?

How dare they do business better than many other companies?

Sure, they get some things wrong—really, there is nothing perfect in this world—but, analogically, if you get a hit in baseball only one out of three times ( .300 ), your doing great—so, Amazon, imho, has a batting average of around .598.

And, even if I still like holding a book in my hands and will never tire of it, my Kindle is my literary treasure house

So, all that to build up to introducing you to author Art Edwards and an article he wrote on The Nervous Breakdown, Amazon is the Devil, and Other Reasons to Love Them.

A few excerpts from the article:

“Has a more imposing windmill than Amazon ever been chased? In less than twenty years, the online monolith has established itself as the unalterable king of the book-buying world. And isn’t every company pretty much out to destroy its competition?”

“Amazon seems to be my online equivalent of Starbucks, another bare-knuckles Seattle company going out of its way to crush the little guy at every instance.”

[ in regard to Amazon challenging legacy publishers ] “Traditional publishing has published ninety percent of the books I’ve valued over the years, books that changed my life and made me want to be a writer. But the last decade or so has seen them get undeniably safe with the books they choose to publish and promote. I would even go so far as to say much of the valuable literary talent in the country today isn’t being published by New York publishing but by independent presses.”

“As evil as Amazon is, they’ve been completely supportive of the idea that anyone can be a publisher

Do go over and read Art’s complete article—lots of details that Fair Use won’t let me copy

Do you own a Kindle?

Do you love your Kindle?

Do you buy books (or, other things) from Amazon?

Do you think Amazon is the Devil?

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