Anat Deracine
Adventures in writing, wandering and trying to change the world
Created 07 Oct 2021
  • Going for the jugular... and the jewels
    25 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    A common writing tip is to take your protagonist, imagine the worst things that could possibly happen to them, and then make them happen. There seems to be no question about the link between art and s...
  • Miyazakiying
    18 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    A friend introduced me to Hayao Miyazaki, and I’ve been watching (and rewatching) his films ever since. They are visual feasts, stories that seem to slice underneath the skin and sit there, releasing ...
  • Living the IP in your WIP
    11 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    To me, stasis is creative death. I can’t be creative if I’m not on the move. I don’t have to move very far, and during the pandemic, I moved from one room to another, and occasionally to the balcony. ...
  • What to do with your gorilla arms
    04 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 3
    It’s only when you try to take a professional author photograph that you realize your arms aren’t just disproportionately long, they’re kind of ridiculous and awkward. Ever since I announced to my fam...
  • The 8-year-old's synopsis
    27 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    “What’s your story about?” It’s probably the most terrifying question any writer faces. It doesn’t get any less terrifying when you start to learn the ropes about log-lines and high-concept pitches, a...
  • Killing your darlings: a how-to guide
    20 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Possibly the most tired writing advice is that you should be willing to kill your darlings. That beautiful passage you wrote when you felt completely inspired, those sentences that make you marvel at ...
  • Learning from Lee Child
    13 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    I was ten minutes from getting on my first plane since the pandemic began when I remembered I’m a nervous flier. The memory was physical, a lurch in my gut. Cold in my fingers. After eighteen months I...
  • Butt Time
    06 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    I have always been a writer. It wasn’t really an ambition so much as a way of living, thinking, and experiencing the world. I’ve written friends letters by hand, sometimes ten or even twenty pages lon...
  • The writers' version of spinach in your teeth
    30 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    I’ve been writing my entire life, but nobody ever saw my first stories. I wrote them in notebooks that I hid under my clothes and later burned. I wrote poetry, short stories, and even a 400,000 word s...
  • Writing and Storytelling aren't the same thing
    23 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    There is nothing as humbling to a writer as trying to catch and hold the attention of a five-year-old. Well, except the experience of telling them a story and having them interrupt you with improvemen...
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