Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Title is Worth a Thousand Words

When I was an undergraduate student in my first fiction writing workshop, there was a day when we had a very lengthy discussion about titling stories. Everyone had their own opinions about what made a good title, none of which … Continue reading

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Choosing a Creative Writing Textbook

Choosing a textbook can be difficult because not only am I trying to please lots of students, but I’m also trying to meet the course’s objectives and choose material that is most appropriate for the students’ focuses of study. Students, … Continue reading

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Presenting Your Work Professionally for Publication

You know what a screenplay looks like, generally, right?  And you know what a blog post looks like, obviously.  But what does a short story look like? When you submit your work to professionals to review, whether you’re submitting a … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings

Sometimes you write a line so beautiful, so fantastic, so enlightening, that you feel you must share it with the world. So you squint and you furrow and you find a way to shimmy the line into a story you’re … Continue reading

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They Say that Starting Up is Hard to Do; Now I Know, I Know that it’s True

You know what I hate? Trying to re-establish a groove after it’s been interrupted. A month ago, I was exercising daily, reading plenty of new things, and even working on my novel on a semi-regular basis. Then I went to … Continue reading

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Writing Beyond Disruption

  We moved today.  The English Dept. swapped buildings and moved into a new, shiny, creativity-inducing workspace.   I’ve already done a post on where we work and how we work, but what about disruptions in our lives and writing … Continue reading

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Read It (Out) Loud, Read It Proud

You know what’s the worst? Spending days lovingly crafting a story or an essay, hours coming up with the perfect metaphors and similes, and even more hours revising it piece by piece, only to turn it in and realize that … Continue reading

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