You Are Not A Failure

I am writing this post as much for me as I am for you, my readers. Midnight of May 1, 2018 is ticking closer. This is probably my eighth or ninth time attempting National Novel Writing Month–or, in this case, Camp NaNoWriMo (the April + July versions, as opposed to the traditional November version, for… Continue reading You Are Not A Failure

Camp NaNoWriMo Unofficial Pep Talk: April 2017, Week Two

There are four weeks (and then some) in April, so I like to think of Week 1 as the “Freshman Fire” and Week 2 as the “Sophomore Slump.”

How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea

One of the hardest things to do is give up on a writing project. Especially if that project is something you have poured your time and soul into. Generally I don’t encourage writers to abandon their projects. You should “finish your shit,” as Chuck Wendig says. You learn a lot by completing an entire project. (If… Continue reading How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea

How to Take Criticism: Five Tips

If you want to be a Creative Writing student, or a writer at all, then you need to develop some thick skin. Creative Writing programs generally take on a workshop format, where the writers sit in a large circle or break off in teams and share each other’s work, and then offer one another feedback.… Continue reading How to Take Criticism: Five Tips

Resisting the New Form of Writer’s Block

I long for the times when we could read and write dystopian fiction without feeling frightened for our very real lives. For a short three or so months now (yeah, it’s only been that long), we have woken up daily to news that just seems so unreal. Corruption, violence, restrictions of our rights, a resurgence of… Continue reading Resisting the New Form of Writer’s Block

Copy Editing vs. Editing Your Story, or Two Types of Close Reading

Last week I started a new job as a copy passer — that is, a proofreader or essentially a copy editor. At the same time, I’ve been using my free time to edit the novel I wrote back in November of 2015. The more I worked on these projects side-by-side, the more I realized: Though what I’m doing… Continue reading Copy Editing vs. Editing Your Story, or Two Types of Close Reading