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September 22, 2013
Virginia Pye’s Guest Post on Beyond The Margins
Author Virginia Pye whose debut novel, River of Dust, was released by Unbridled Books in May 2013, has offered a guest post entitled “Patience: Writers at Work” on the Beyond the Margins website. It is an article in which Ms. Pye offers not only personal experiences of her own writing, but universal advice for those who share the labor of love, writing.
Below is an excerpt from the article…
That process of falling in love with one’s own work is what matters, and then having great patience with it, just as we would with a child or a lover. The book we are working on will guide us to the next one, and then on to the next, and the next. It helps our writing process to respect the way our creative minds work over an entire lifetime. And to accept that writing is a way of understanding our lives, one chapter at a time.
River of Dust is a story about an American missionary couple on the windswept plains of northwestern China in 1910. Mongolian nomads swoop down and kidnap their young child. In this story of retribution, these foreigners search for their lost son in a dangerous land that comes to haunt them and change not just what they believe but who they are.
Beyond the Margins was created in 2010 by a dozen writers, many of whom met or taught at Grub Street, a nonprofit creative writing center in Boston. They have published novels, short fiction, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles, informed—or not—by backgrounds in medicine and social work, journalism and law, graphic design, bartending, and opera. They encourage guest posts by authors and Ms. Pye was accepted as a contributor.
Virginia Pye holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. A three-term president of James River Writers, a literary non-profit in Richmond, Virginia, she writes award-winning short stories that have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The North American Review, Tampa Review and The Baltimore Review. She currently lives in Richmond.
To see the article in its entirety on the Beyond the Margins website, Click Here
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