Articles by Swarm and Spark

January 10, 2017

A Writing Life Without Lies 7

What you describe is what all art is: a radical act of faith. And faith always involves risk. But perhaps that’s why we invented art: to give ourselves something so beautiful that it not only inspires faith — but sustains it.

October 13, 2016

Brother, Sister, Mother, Father, Where Art Thou? 1

Ultimately, the point of getting feedback is to test new work against the sensibility of people we trust, even — no, especially — when their responses are challenging or unexpected.

September 23, 2016

Ask Us Anything: Swarm & Spark 0

Ask anything that has plagued, confounded, pleased or troubled you about your life in and around literature .

September 12, 2016

Will Writing a Novel Jeopardize My Mental Health? 4

Whether apprentice or expert, a writer must find a way to outwit the superego’s goal of paralysis — to unhand it of its main tool, a prism that makes one’s efforts look paltry, often in direct relation to one’s reverence for the greats.