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

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