By M. R. Shupp, Student Contributor Overcoming the cringing and sneering of your inner editor to write that first draft is not for the faint of heart. But when I started editing and taking classes to train my inner editor to be especially keen and nitpicky, I found first drafts to be even harder.
By Jennifer Sauer, Student Contributor We all want to be famous, all picture our book going big. So, I’m going to indulge you in that fantasy. You want your book to go big. Here’s my question for you: If it does, is it suited to the internet age?
By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer I have heard many people admit, “I always skip the poems.” Devout readers might attend to a poem if it’s integral to the plot, but few writers actually seek out poems outside of the context of story. It’s a shame, because the study of poetry can benefit any fiction writer.
By Susan Sader, Student Contributor In my years as a writer, I've noticed a few major issues that get overlooked, often masked by publishing contracts or a title on a TV screen. These Fatal Flaws are fatal not only to your character, but to your plot, prose, and readers' interest.
By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer I’ve taught my mind to expect writing, to think of it as a daily responsibility like making supper or taking a shower. I’ve taught my anxious brain that I can produce words on command, and that if it’s a difficult and frustrating process, that’s okay.