The Habit of Fiction

In this newsletter, novelist Anne Corbitt explores practical strategies and tips for cultivating what Flannery O’Connor describes as “the habit of art.” 

These days, our joys may seem a bit smaller. We’re not doing the electric slide at weddings or swaying in our seats at packed concerts. We don’t get to…
If I’m honest, I mainly learned the parts of speech by playing Mad Libs. I had good teachers, and I paid attention in class, but long before we were…
I don’t remember which year it was—kindergarten, maybe, or second grade—but I’ll never forget walking to the front of my classroom to show off one of my…
I’d like to blame the pandemic, looming deadlines, or the daily stress of being an adult alive in an election year, but the truth is, I’ve always had…
My memory is a bit hazy, but I know he had chunky dark hair that seemed to blossom in humidity. He lived one street over, the little brother of my older…
Before I was born, my dad assembled a makeshift darkroom in our basement. I remember the corner, years later, piled with trays and plastic tongs…
Call me vain, but I can get really picky when it comes to taking photos. I insist the camera angle from above, never below. I throw my shoulders back…
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