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

Beware the Cast of One Thousand Characters

A few weeks ago over at The Character Comma, we got a question about how many antagonists a story can have. The answer, of course, is “however many the author can handle and however many make sense to the story,” but it brought up discussion of a common issue that writers encounter while writing: too many… Continue reading Beware the Cast of One Thousand Characters