Cannibalizing Your Work, An Authors Talk with Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy

This week we are excited to feature author of The Salt House, and past Superstition Review contributor, Lisa Duffy on our Authors Talk series.

In Lisa’s talk she discusses her third novel, My Kind of People, the advice she once received to “cannibalize your work,” and what it looks like give your work 9 lives.


You can order Lisa’s novel, My Kind of People, published by Atria Books here.

Check out Lisa’s interview, “Thinking about the Characters” from Issue 21 of Superstition Review.

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3 thoughts on “Cannibalizing Your Work, An Authors Talk with Lisa Duffy

  • October 1, 2021 at 10:31 am
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    Such a wonderful point! I keep a “Compost” file on my computer for anything I write from one-liners to abandoned short-stories. Every now and then, I dig into the compost file and find an effective way to use bits and pieces in new works. Waste not, want not!

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    • October 2, 2021 at 1:11 pm
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      Teri, what a clever way of saving your writing for future inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

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  • February 13, 2022 at 7:29 pm
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    I’ve never considered taking one or two good scenes from a piece that didn’t work overall and crafting a brand new story out of it. That was such a great piece of advice and it makes me want to go back through all of my past work to see what I can pull to create something new and improved!

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