By Collin Suttle, Student Contributor Have I been grateful for writing enough? Not for the things I write, but for the gifts that writing gives me even before I open a notebook? The answer is, of course, “Not at all.” So, in the interest of mindfulness, the cultivation of a thankful spirit, and list-making, here is my Top Five Gifts That Writing Gives Me, with some significant help from Anne Lamott and Bird By Bird.
By Lydia DeGisi, Student Contributor When I was probably around eleven years old, I read a nonfiction book called Plot by a woman named Ansen Dibell. It was published in 1988, is considered a writing craft cornerstone by no one, and is criticized on Amazon for covering little original ground. I loved it, reading and rereading Plot in the same manner I read novels.
By Hannah Tacci, Student Contributor Your characters are more than the things that happen to them. They have an inner life—a spirit—and so their character development needs to reflect that.
By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer When this article goes live, I will be in Scotland. It’s just a matter of chronology, but with this thought, my lungs expand with nervous excitement.
By Courtney Kleefeld, Student Contributor Conflict, specifically with other people, can cause a sensitive person like me a lot of stress. So why should I write something I don’t even like reading about in fiction?