I am a big fan of writing classes. Despite some people’s doubts about MFA’s, I consider my time at Vermont College of Fine Arts well spent—and every class I’ve taken since has offered me something useful. But writing classes can’t teach everything, and there are certain essentials they universally miss.
Here are four things writing classes don’t cover—four things I believe can make the difference between a fulfilling and successful writing life and one that runs off…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on September 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
While Ella was editing Lucas Story, I began prewriting the third book in my Trihune Series. I was in the midst of detailing Sarid’s character with my handy, dandy character sheets (see post here) when inspiration hit.
For months, in the back of my mind, questions had prowled regarding a new character’s power. I had no idea what his power would be, just that it had to be strong and undetectable.
Suddenly it hit. I figured it…Continue
Seven years ago, a student of mine recommended Stephen King's book, "…
Added by Aine Greaney on August 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I promised that here on Writing Now I would talk about my writing life and today I have a story to share. I was at one of those ugly places. You know, where you know where you want to go with your writing but are clueless as to how to get there? In frustration, I turned…Continue
Added by Jude Walsh Whelley on August 31, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be. Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass…Continue
Added by Yuwanda Black on August 30, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments
Today marks the second issue of my new bi-weekly newsletter. Still experiencing growing pains and design decisions, but this issue is full of tips, links to articles, a grammar tip and news. If you're still pondering another newsletter in your inbox, don't wait too long because complimentary copies will soon expire.
For those who are already subscribed and new subscribers from here on out, my free e-book on the healing benefits of writing is announced in this issue. Sign up now to be…Continue
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On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few…Continue
Added by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Akashic Books (a terrific indie press out of Brooklyn, NY) just published a new short of mine as part of their web series dedicated to flash fiction. This story is about being 44 and having a first baby... check it out...
"Little Bear's Apgar Score" is now live on Akashic's website, and can be found here:…Continue
Added by Caroline Bock on August 27, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments
“I’m in love with a girl and her name’s Miley.” Hannah Montona. Achy Breaky Heart: Season Two, Episode Nine. (2007)
Added by Victoria Tishman Kamerzell on August 27, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
The new school year is upon us, which often makes me think of the movie To Sir With Love and Sidney Poitier’s character and his unrelenting energy and commitment to transform the lives of his students. This is what we all want! To Sir With Love was based on the…Continue
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Even though I can feel heard on my blog, I am not physically heard or seen. This is a common problem for writers: we live in a visually stimulated culture, and the decline of books seems to only support the argument for a new publishing alternative to books and blog posts. Of course, the ultimate coup d’état would be if the writer finally owned the tools i.e. publishing platform instead of merely making money off advertising or product endorsements. If content truly is king, or…Continue
Added by Victoria Tishman Kamerzell on August 26, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Posted new poem, 'They All Fall Down':
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Posted Thought for the Day: Fanny Howe on revision:
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It pays to have someone write your work for you once, but if one continues with the approach of outsourcing writers all the time to get the homework done, chances are one can lose the plot.
Meeting the Closing Date Can be Real Difficult
Kids today have it rough with loads of homework that they need to churn and deliver at the allotted time. If they…Continue
Added by Julia Writer on August 21, 2014 at 12:43pm — No Comments
Lack of self-confidence is the biggest cause of everyone’s downfall in life. The way you handle out things is directly related to your confidence level and if you lose your confidence level you might become unsuccessful. Positive self-image is essential to carry out each task…Continue
Added by Elizabeth A. Halsted on August 20, 2014 at 12:29am — No Comments
I read Annie Dillard’s book “The Writing Life” years ago and reread it recently.
It was a huge inspiration to me then as now, full of practical advice about the craft of writing—its how and why and what–as well the thrill of writing, and the mystery that lies at its heart.
Below, you will find a “dialogue,” if you will, between Dillard and me on the practice and art of writing. Mind you, it will be a dialogue between master and novice. While I’ve been writing all my life, I…Continue
Added by Deborah J. Brasket on August 19, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments