Tuesday, April 13

Countdown to Muse 2021: Small Victories by Margot Livesey by Margot Livesey

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In May 1990, I drove a moving van to my workplace at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh– I was leaving the next day for Boston– and took a seat to compose the last chapter of the novel. I was identified not to leave the workplace until it was written.

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The Muse and the Marketplace 2021 is nearly here! This years conference is taking the form of a virtual boosted composing residency (taking place Wednesday, April 21st – Sunday, April 25th) with new Premium Workshops and the Manuscript Mart (happening Wednesday, April 28th – Sunday, May 2nd)

We all understand what the “huge” victories are (landing a representative, snagging a book offer, or getting a flashy award), however this year we intend to celebrate the similarly crucial, tiny, and frequently hidden success of our writing lives. In anticipation of the conference, weve asked Muse 2021 providing authors to describe one small triumph theyve had as a writer that no one understands about.

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After 7 entirely different drafts, written over more than twelve years, I finally had a draft that I thought worked. I had actually long quit any hope of publication– many representatives and editors had declined the novel– but I wished to finish it to my own fulfillment, to close the book on my long struggle to imagine a variation of my mothers brief life

In September 1987, on a train from Edinburgh to London I wrote the words, “Eva moves the furnishings,” in my diary and started a novel.

8 hours later, tears running down my cheeks, I wrote the last paragraph of the book. Like Lily Briscoe at the end of To the Lighthouse, I had had my vision. I was happy when Eva Moves the Furniture went on to find a publisher however the real moment of victory was that afternoon, when, after incorrect turns and lots of detours, I finally reached the place I d been traveling towards the whole time

We all know what the “big” triumphes are (landing a representative, snagging a book deal, or getting a flashy award), however this year we intend to celebrate the equally crucial, tiny, and typically unseen success of our writing lives. 8 hours later on, tears running down my cheeks, I wrote the last paragraph of the book. Margot Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and has taught in various composing programs consisting of Emerson College, Boston University, Bowdoin College and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program. The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing was released in July, 2017.

You can catch Julies virtual craft conversation with Margot Livesey, “The Train Stops Here: Revision Essentials,” by means of Attendify at the Muse 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:15 am (EDT) on April 25th, 2021. Dont wait! Register for the Muse and the Marketplace 2021 today.

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Margot Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and has taught in many composing programs consisting of Emerson College, Boston University, Bowdoin College and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program. The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing was published in July, 2017.

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