New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

Unfortunately, Open Ears, Open Minds book club on Goodreads is kind of a bust. This is partly my own fault (I didn’t really advertise it or talk about it with a lot of people — I just kind of invited friends on Goodreads and mentioned it in a brief blog post on here). I’m sure… Continue reading New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

The Trick to Overcoming “Writer’s Fear”

I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. Not anymore. I used to use it as an excuse. “I can’t write today,” I’d say. “I’m creatively constipated. I need to wait for the writing gods to bless me with ~*inspiration*~.” Funny, that. I only ever suffered “Writer’s Block” when I didn’t have a deadline. Got an assignment… Continue reading The Trick to Overcoming “Writer’s Fear”

Hold Onto Your Butts: Camp NaNoWriMo Starts Soon!

If you’re a writer, you probably already know what NaNoWriMo is. For those of you who don’t write, or have heard the name “NaNoWriMo” and have no clue what it is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is traditionally held in November of every year. Writers sign up (for free — though donations… Continue reading Hold Onto Your Butts: Camp NaNoWriMo Starts Soon!

What Writing Poems and Short Stories Taught Me About Novels

In undergrad, my professors only let us write short stories and/or poetry. Novels were off-limits, mostly because it’s hard for everyone in class to write a whole book and then make time for the other students in class to read and critique everyone else’s work in just fifteen weeks. At first this irritated me, especially since we… Continue reading What Writing Poems and Short Stories Taught Me About Novels

Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

(Fair warning: There is some, er… okay, lots of swearing in this post.) Today I woke up, checked Twitter, and found that my feed was filled with angry readers, writers, employers, and current and former English majors responding to a certain famous author’s suggestion that English degrees are worthless. And I got mad too, because what… Continue reading Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

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