Is Writing Hard?

Is Writing Hard?

During a recent long car trip out of state with my fiance, I sat in the passenger seat typing away on my Chromebook, sighing here, laughing there, oohing and aahing at other points. I shared with Kyle the deadlines I had to meet the day after we would return back home, and he made a thought-provoking comment: “At…

Set Yourself Up for Success with the DIY MFA Book
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Set Yourself Up for Success with the DIY MFA Book

Since graduating with my bachelor’s degree five years ago, I have been debating whether to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in creative writing. The idea of it sounds absolutely blissful to me–honing the craft, develop my skills, making important connections with established writers and publishers, and, of course, forcing myself to…

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Storytelling and Writing
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Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Storytelling and Writing

Every writer aims to be an effective storyteller with their novels. That goal in itself is a lofty challenge. To come across as an effective storyteller in person is a whole new game, especially for those who fit the stereotype of the introvert writer. Bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has the written and verbal craft of storytelling mastered. Readers of…

Christina Baker Kline: Writing Practices from the Author of Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline: Writing Practices from the Author of Orphan Train

To get from the seed of an initial idea to a published book, writers have to discover the habits and practices that work best for them. Christina Baker Kline published several works before her most recent novel, Orphan Train, sold over 2 million copies. While her previous books did not attract immediate attention in the way Orphan Train did, her writing…

Karen Abbott: 3 Things Writers can Learn from the Bestselling Nonfiction Author

Karen Abbott: 3 Things Writers can Learn from the Bestselling Nonfiction Author

Historical nonfiction is not a genre I normally dive into, but after listening to best-selling author Karen Abbott speak, I couldn’t be more eager to read her book. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy interweaves the stories of four women who risked everything during the Civil War. Abbott began her speech by saying that she prefers her protagonists to…