The Black Cardigan newsletter contains advice, enthusiasms, and curiosities related to writing and creativity. It’s lively and fun, and in the year since I started it, it’s become a popular boost for writers and bookish people all over the place. I send it out twice a month, and occasionally the website Longreads also republishes Black Cardigan letters.
You can sign up for the newsletter on the sidebar here. The archives are all online, but here are some favorites:
- On the notebooks and wisdom of Harriet The Spy.
- What to do when you have that gross, jittery, too-much-Internet feeling, with help from the movie Spirited Away.
- Some of the terrible writing advice given to Shirley Jackson and Sylvia Plath, along with Shirley Jackson’s own (excellent) advice on getting started on a story.
- The number-one, best piece of advice for when you’re stuck on a creative project.