Camp NaNoWriMo Unofficial Pep Talk: April 2017, Week One

*Throws confetti in your face*   CAMP NANO IS LIVE! Welcome, fellow writers! You’re probably feeling a lot of feelings right now. A little fear. A little confusion. Tons of excitement (hopefully). Or maybe not. Maybe you have no idea what you’re going to write this month, so it’s hard for you to get excited.… Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo Unofficial Pep Talk: April 2017, Week One

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