Do you frequently wake up fully dressed, reeking of coffee, with Post-it notes stuck to your face? Are you an information junkie, a detail fiend, or a wisdom addict? If so, you are probably suffering from being a writer; but don’t feel bad; I have it, too. In the interest of exploring the sphere of the person of letters, this column draws on articles, books and movies, writers real and fictional, and my own seriocomic writing adventures. With its finger ever on the verbal pulse, "Confessions of a Word Junkie" looks at the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of words.
A writer grapples with the ups and downs of her craft.
The secret to living, Banville reveals, is to become aware of other dimensions and how to exist in them, to learn to inhabit the impossible.
Men may be vainer and more sexualized, but women are still clearly second-rate.
The Childhood Liar as Budding Writer?
A serio-comic checklist for the writer.
The linguistic alchemy that transforms the imagery and language of Sylvia Plath's poetry.
Two roadtrippers find they share the same three levels of experience.
How to stage a coup on writer's block.
A look at the way Faulkner positions his created people, through the “maybe” that leaves all possibilities open.
I favor the authors who get me worked up.
Why you should persevere and finish that first novel, in spite of the naysayers
I might be imbuing the show with doubtful cerebral qualities, but doggone it, I learned from Carrie Bradshaw.
Musings, both comic and serious, on the life of the freelance writer.
Alfred Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King teaches us about the limitations of writing and the importance of close reading.
A writer explores her verbomania.