Stephen Lovely—Marathon Training for the Fiction Writer: Conditioning Your Mind and Body to Go the Distance

There are innumerable workshops you can take to help you write your first novel or book of stories, workshops in which you’ll focus on developing characters and plot and structure, establishing narrative pace and point of view, refining dialogue. But what about the character of you, the writer doing all that hard work? How will you plot and structure your life? What kind of dialogue will you carry on with yourself during the years you spend writing? What kind of pace will you set? What point of view should you adopt toward your fellow writers? Toward the world of publishing? In this Eleventh Hour lecture, novelist Stephen Lovely, who spent over ten years writing his first novel, Irreplaceable, will focus on a too-often neglected aspect of writing, which is the mental and physical health of The Writer: the brave, battered athlete of language. Without being over-prescriptive, without moralizing, he’ll suggest a cognitive strategy for the hours you’ll spend away from your desk—hours that can be just as stressful and harrowing as the hours you spend writing—with the goal of warding off those chronic afflictions to which writers are particularly susceptible: self-doubt, envy, impatience, depression, and angst.