Reading Like a Copy Editor

by Kristen Holt-Browning I write poems and short stories for fun (except when it’s completely frustrating), but I copyedit the work of others for (a little) profit. Usually when I tell someone what I do for a living, the first question I get is, “What exactly does a copy editor do?” followed by, “how are … Continue reading Reading Like a Copy Editor

Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

By Flora Stadler I was a runner for half my life. I loved the clarity it gave me. I could outrun the thoughts reeling through my head and clear a space for my mind to wander. In my 40s, my knees decided they’d had enough. So I felt a knowing pang when I read that … Continue reading Joyce Carol Oates: Fantasized into Being

Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

by Jody Strimling-Muchow   In only one year, Get Lit Beacon has become an indispensable part of my writing life. Just the chance to spend a couple of hours a month in a room full of people as passionate about words as I am is a gift. Add thought-provoking and inspiring guest speakers and the … Continue reading Year End Roundup – Our Favorite Posts!

George Saunders: Under Pressure

By Flora Stadler UPDATE: When I received George Sauders' response to my question, I reached out again to ask him if he could tell me about a new pressure-relief method he'd learned for his novel. I didn't expect to hear back, so I wasn't disappointed when I didn't. But then a holiday miracle happened and … Continue reading George Saunders: Under Pressure

Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

by Ruta Rimas July is coming to an end and so the back-to-school sales are on. These dog days of summer seem the right time, then, to recommend a back-to-basics text, one that plants the roots of good writing: The Elements of Style. It’s an informative, straightforward writing manual from the grandfather of writing instruction, William … Continue reading Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White