Tag: English

Pathway to Becoming a Writer: Experience or Graduate School?

The age old debate on whether formal education is worthwhile for creative writers. There are mainly two schools (pun intended) of thought on this subject. There's the Hank Moody opinion which is you can't be taught how to write, you either have it or you don't, and those that do have it need to glue ...

First Draft of Novel #2 In The Books

I finished the first draft of Frigid Nights the other day and I must say, I am both fulfilled and relieved. I felt that in the marathon that was writing that novel, the final chapters felt like I was low crawling and clawing my way towards the finish line. There will be plenty to edit ...

Writing Outside of Your Novel

A lot of people attribute being a writer to being a novelist. However, there are many ways to be a writer. Tom Verducci, sports writer known for covering the Chicago Cubs, is a great writer. He's written a few books, all about sports, but just because they aren't novels doesn't mean he doesn't fit in ...

Literature and the Falsehood of Education

Unfortunately, while I was in college, I didn't study certain aspects of literature that I wish I had. The various parts that comprise a story, what makes a work Victorian versus Edwardian, various schemes of poetry, and other topics were discussed very quickly before being passed over. I would've liked to study the bones of ...

Censorship: My Unpopular Opinion

In the modern world filled with Social Justice Warriors and people who want to take offense to things on another's behalf, we are seeing a lot of censorship and it's astounding to see that people don't see it. As a writer, you use what words and phrases you need to use. The words that fit. ...

“That Is Why No One Will Remember Your Name.”

Consistency is key. Writing in spurts is a sure-fire way to ensure that your work won't get finished until years down the road. Writing each day, even just a little bit, helps establish the habit of writing consistently and allows you to progress your story at a steady pace. Ernest Hemingway would write 500 words ...

Frigid Nights Chapter Five

Derek found out later that Michaela had sent Jamie out there to cheer him up. Michaela and Jamie knew each other from clinicals and classes. Jamie hadn’t known who Derek was at the time, but she had heard what happened to him that day. After meeting Derek, Jamie took it upon herself to make sure ...

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