My eighty-nine year old mother has a catch phrase. When she doesn’t know what to say, she’ll typically belt on, “It’s all good.” Even though her age has robbed her of her short-term memory, she remains very optimistic and, in general, happy. Growing up, if I was ever anxious about something, she’d frequently say to me, “Things will happen on their own time.” I was reminded of that during my conversation with today’s guest, Sarah McCraw Crow, who talked about having a number of manuscripts “In the jar,” before one was finally selected for publication. Sometimes being in a different stage of life, and the experience that comes with it, infuses our writing with the wisdom and insights that are required to make a manuscript really stand out in the eyes of an agent and/or publisher.
When it comes to fiction writing (and reading), Sarah is obsessed with women’s lives and the drama of family life. She also loves the Seventies. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, Sarah lives with her family on an old farm in New Hampshire. She joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her debut novel, The Wrong Kind of Woman.
- The story behind the title of her debut novel.
- Why Sarah likes writing about the 70s.
- Why it’s so important to give yourself permission to keep writing.
- The importance of starting a new project when your existing manuscript is out for submission.
- The importance of thinking of yourself as a writer and creative person.
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