I’ve done it. I pulled together my best fiction, I wrote my heart out about my love of teaching and writing, and I submitted my CV and letter of interest for a creative writing MFA and associated graduate assistantship at the University of Arkansas at Monticello as well as the MFA program at National University.
There are fewer challenges writers face greater than reaching and connecting deeply with readers who are often quite different than themselves. Continue reading “Your Writing Audience Awareness: What Writers Can Learn From Trevor Noah”
Last year, I started reviewing writing resources for Curious Words. I’ve plowed through dozens of books and apps and software, sharing only the ones I found most beneficial along the way. After a year of doing this, here are my top 10 favorite writing resources: Continue reading “11 Best Writing Resources”
There are so many writing resources out there, it’s overwhelming. It’s hard enough to wade through your options when they are marketed specifically for writers. But tracking down apps that aren’t necessarily intended for fiction writers that nevertheless are highly useful? Where do you even begin? Continue reading “3 Free Apps You Didn’t Know Your Writing Needed”
I have a confession. I have a full-scale plan of what I’m going to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
My creative writing productivity has taken some serious hits lately. Between all the work of moving and unpacking (God, I hate moving) as well as developing the next level I’ll be taking Curious Words to, I’ve been having a hard time kicking my fiction-writing brain back into gear. Continue reading “Writing Exercises App: A Curious Words Review”
Writing fiction is such a strange animal. On one hand, we expect writers to write what we know (a bit of bad writing advice that I have a love-hate relationship with).
On the other hand, we expect writers to challenge their art of storytelling and tell tales from perspectives and scenarios far different from their own. Continue reading “Improving Your Writing: Open Yale Courses”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing, it’s that we need to apply most writing rules sparingly. Just as in life, you need to have a good balance of both breaking and following the rules. Here are my six least favorite pieces of writing advice: Continue reading “Good Writing Advice- Not!”
Orson Scott Card’s Characters & Viewpoint offers an in-depth look at inventing, constructing, and performing characters in fiction writing. To this end, he makes a distinction between writing and storytelling– a relationship he likens to composer and performer, screenwriter and actor. Continue reading “Characters & Viewpoint: A Review”
If writing screenplay interests you, you really need to check out Robin U. Russin’s and William Missouri Downs’ book, Screenplay. Continue reading “Screenplay: Writing the Picture Review”