Michelle Gonzalez, Guest Contributor
I think all post-highschool writers can empathize with my struggle to make time for my novel. Whether your job is demanding, you have children, are caring for a sick family member, or are just fighting the daily battle against dirty dishes and laundry, life crowds out writing. Here are my tips for making OYAN actually work for you and your writing dream.
Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor
“Kill your darlings.” Unless you’re new to the writing life, you’ve probably heard this phrase before. It refers to chopping out those scenes, plot points, and even characters that you just love but, if you’re honest with yourself, don’t serve the story. And that means they’ve got to go. As writers, most of us know to be on guard against this natural weakness, but how do we go about killing our darlings?
Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
In my previous post, I tackled the value of critique even when it hurts. Now I’m here with advice on how to create these worth-their-weight-in-gold critiques and how to minimize the necessary toe-smashing.
Jeff Miller, Guest Contributor
We asked J. Mark Miller, dad to an "OYANer" (a One Year Adventure Novel student) who is also a fantasy-writer himself, to share some reflections for other writers and their parents.