Sunday, March 30, 2008

Coming soon... TC Boyle comes to the pages of Our Stories...


Our Stories: On the matter of his process: Because he writes alot and he writes quickly, I'd like to know how many drafts a novel goes through? Does he let anyone see his first draft? Does he map out his novel and then shade in the details afterwards? (This last one I'd really like to know.)

TC Boyle: There is one draft to all stories and novels, but that draft is worked and reworked daily. When I reach The End it is time for one long fine-tuning and then press SEND. Each of the works is organic, developing structurally day by day. This is the only way I've ever worked. (It may derive from my undergrad days when I would compose very late papers in a single draft because of a great and pressing need.)

Keep checking the site and let us know what you think when we go live.

Monday, March 24, 2008

what is success?

I've been wondering what constitutes success as a writer.

Is it publishing a short story? Two short stories in a year? Ten? Or must it be a collection?

If you call yourself a fiction writer and you sell an article you hated writing, is that a success?

Does it have to do with where your stories are published? Which is a bigger success: publishing a story for fifty bucks in a rant-journal only locals read, or publishing a story for free in a beautiful national print journal where you get two author's copies?

Is it all about the money? If you publish your novel with Random House and they refuse to buy your second book because of mediocre sales on the first, is that worse than self-publishing and selling 500 copies and keeping all the profits?

Or prizes? Is winning a prize more of a success than actually seeing the story in print?

My head is spinning.

Perhaps it's just art: success lies in how you feel about it. In that case, the author who gets hives over the horrible cover art chosen for her second novel is in worse shape than the guy who is over the moon that the New York Times actually printed a letter he sent them.

Honestly. What is success?

I have no answers. Only questions. Do comment.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Our Stories Heads off into the Bloggin' World

Hey All,

A while back JK and I were kicking around the idea that we should do a blog. Then we got busy. I forgot about it. He reminded me. Then he forgot about it. Then I reminded him. Finally, I said, "why not just do it." So here it is.

Over the course of the next three weeks you're going to see some changes to Our Stories. This year we've decided to shake some things up a bit and build on what we've been doing. For now--just want to say hey to everyone and you'll hear more from us soon.


Alexis E Santi