Every year, Bookish invites authors to share advice on craft, personal histories, and more with our readers through short essays. This year, authors delved into a wide array of fascinating topics, from the challenges of co-authorship to sexism in the horror genre. Every essay published on our site has inspired us, but here we’ve rounded up a few that stuck with us all year long.
“You don’t have to have a clearly defined 10-year-plan, or even a 10-minute plan. Because real grit, real independence, is proven in the moment. It’s in the experiences you choose.”
“I don’t know how to describe the feeling of opening a book and finding something perfect inside… I knew that this would be the book for me, one I would love forever.”
“Even though Abby’s story was not mine, and Abby is not me, I knew that it still meant putting some real parts of me into the story. And that scared me.”
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) author Amy Spalding talks about the importance of fat narratives that don’t treat characters like before and after photos.
“Then came the scary declaration… Maybe we shouldn’t write together anymore.”
“Seeing ourselves in narratives is empowering. Being able to see ourselves in others is transformative.”
“Let’s tell stories about women who are not tools, not vessels, not objects, but are instead flawed, messy creatures whose pain, fear, and triumphs deserve their own stories.”