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

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

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

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