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Comments Tony D'Souza

The O. Henry has become lingua franca among writers for saying, 'That guy can write a story.' It's prestigious, respected, coveted, dreamed about. It's very satisfying to be included in this group of writers. Here's a koan: Could O. Henry win an O. Henry?

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Writing Tips

Discipline is what makes a writer. If writing was like lifting weights, then I'd look like Mr. Universe. Write everyday. Give the Muse a chance to get to know you.

About the Author

Tony D'Souza has contributed fiction to The New Yorker, Playboy, Tin House, and McSweeney's, among other publications. His first novel, Whiteman, was a New York Times Editor's Pick, People Magazine Critic's Choice, and Poets & Writers "Best First Fiction." He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Writer's Desk

  • I'm editing my second novel, The Konkans, which releases in early '08. I'm on asignment in Nicaragua for Outside magazine. I'm in the middle of a new novel about a group of 15th century Portuguese explorers who hack and shoot their way though West Africa. I should be writing a poem every morning but I'm not.

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