Lonely Victories

Hurley Winkler
An occasional newsletter on writing and reading.
Created 17 Apr 2020
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  • Writing While Mothering
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    I feel like I’m in a constant fight for my writing time. I fight against my workload as a teacher and freelancer. I fight the overflowing laundry hamper and the correspondingly low stock of clean unde...
  • Self-Publishing to Indie Publishing
    10 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 2
    For today’s issue, I spoke with my pal Spencer Fleury, author of the novel How I’m Spending My Afterlife. Spencer and I met at the Lit Camp conference in 2019, where we instantly bonded over our share...
  • Bad Conditions for Writing
    01 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 5 8
    If I walk my dog at 7 a.m., it’s 88 degrees outside instead of 95. At least it is this time of year. At least it is in Jacksonville—my hometown, from which I have never, ever moved. Sprinkler water is...
  • What 1,000 Words a Day Taught Me
    20 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 4
    Last week, I wrote 1,000 words every day. This is not something I ordinarily do, and I am so glad I did it. If you’re on Twitter, you’ve likely come across Jami Attenberg’s #1000wordsofsummer, a writi...
  • My Summer Book Stack
    16 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Hello! I’m popping in from my summer break to share some of the books I’ve been loving this season (in between furiously rubbing aloe on my sunburn and chugging can after can of guava La Croix). Summe...
  • Writing Is Endless and Proper Work
    04 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    After today’s issue, Lonely Victories will be taking a summer break. I’ll return in the fall with more writing tips, reading recommendations, and reader feedback! One of my favorite things about writi...
  • Keys to a Successful Writing Swap
    21 May 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while, you know by now that I identify as what author Gretchen Rubin would call an “obliger.” That means I thrive on accountability. I love a hard deadline...
  • Building Setting in Your Writing
    07 May 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Every MFA program has that one star student. The writer everyone agrees will be the one to Make It. When I was at Lesley University, our star on the rise was, without a doubt, Celeste Mohammed. So whe...
  • Using a Process Diary in Your Writing Life
    23 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    Leigh Stein’s novel Self Care was among my favorites of 2020. The story of a fictitious wellness start-up with major Gwenyth Paltrow vibes, this novel simultaneously delighted and roasted me. (I’m sur...
  • Reach Out to Your Writer Friends
    09 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 3 4
    I’m devastated to have found out last week that Giancarlo DiTrapano, founder of Tyrant Books and co-founder of the Mors Tua Vita Mea writing workshop, died very suddenly on March 30. I met Gian when I...
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