What Does a Writer-in-Residence Do?

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?

The Novel Tells a Story

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

Advice from Papa: A Writing Prompt

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

Why It Takes So Long to Write a Novel

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