Given that I’m currently in a frenzy preparing for a writers conference (and not at all panicky (not at all)), I’m dashing out of my hermit hole to toss you a brief post about the merits of writers conferences as this week’s food for thought before darting back into the dungeon of my own to-do list. Continue reading A Brief Emergence from the Writer Den
I bring to you in my sleep-deprivation only a short and hurried post this week, for I have just returned from conquest. A month ago I mentioned a little deadline I had imposed upon myself. That deadline was February 7. And I, dear reader, have emerged victorious. Continue reading Victory (Partly)
Does compelling fiction augment reality? On the contrary, I would argue, it compresses reality, so that we can begin to comprehend its vastness within the scope of our limited perspective. Continue reading Does Fiction Give Us Unrealistic Expectations?
How a 19th-Century industrial novel can revolutionize the way you write Continue reading 6 Ways Reading North & South Can Improve Your Writing
You’ve just closed a great book, your heart is bursting with too many emotions to name, and you’re startled to find that the world has still been turning without you. How do we give our own readers that experience? Here are three key elements that go a long way toward making a story unforgettable. Continue reading The End: Arriving at a Poignant Finale
How I learned to not wake the dead when revisiting my work, and plans for 2016. Here’s to a year of challenging though attainable goals and the endurance to meet them. Continue reading Writerly Ambitions for 2016; Or, The Agonies I Inflict Upon Myself
Why do we write? Many writers might answer, “Because I can’t not write,” and leave it at that. And that may be true. But why? Surely a story fulfills some intrinsic need. Continue reading What Is Fiction For?