So my first semester as the writer-in-residence at Salem College has just ended, and now that I have a better sense of my responsibilities, I thought I'd share with you just what I've been doing. In case you were wondering. As you may know, there are different kinds of residencies offered to writers. I've been … Continue reading What Does a Writer-in-Residence Do?
Scheherazade avoided her fate because she knew how to wield the weapon of suspense--the only literary tool that has any effect upon tyrants and savages. Great novelist though she was -- exquisite in her descriptions, tolerant in her judgments, ingenious in her incidents, advanced in her morality, vivid in her delineations of character, expert in … Continue reading The Novel Tells a Story
Moody Me: Chasing a Feeling For all my efforts to understand what makes a piece of writing good or ways to break it down into lessons that I or my students or maybe even you might try to apply, sometimes I really think there's nothing to know but that truth follows truth. The only time … Continue reading Moody Me: Chasing a Feeling
Some of Hemingway's best writing advice is featured over at BrainPickings. Here's one tidbit that comes with a prompt built in: Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when … Continue reading Advice from Papa: A Writing Prompt
It sometimes takes up to a decade to figure out how to write a first novel. I've been writing short fiction for at least that long, and I can barely bring myself to admit that during this time I've attempted to write not one but several novels that I've picked up and abandoned multiple times. Many writers who … Continue reading Why It Takes So Long to Write a Novel
Risk "And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom." Anaïs Nin
The protagonist of my novel is not actually the biological father of his eldest son. The boy doesn't know this, however, and unaware of his true identity, he begins to develop a romantic interest in a young girl with whom he might be related. Trouble. Today as you are thinking of and celebrating your own … Continue reading A Writing Prompt for Father’s Day