SWF Seeks a Good Story

On Friday, I had lunch with my friend Mark Bonner, a writer and editor based in New York City. Among other things, we discussed online dating and the ways that social networking has changed (ruined?) how people date today. We both agreed that online dating lessens the chance that a couple will have a good story to tell.

April 26, 2010 4

Content Is Fine, but a Platform Is Divine

How does a media company, especially an emerging media company, earn a solid enough reputation to entice readers to pay? The New York Times can flirt with the prospect of offering premium online content because they are The New York Times. I have thought about this question as it relates to Too Shy to Stop.

April 19, 2010 0

10 Haikus Dedicated to Twitter Spam

Twitter spam is so special that it should be honored with poetry. Spam includes: barely-legal webcam girls, social media gurus, people that promise I can become rich in just one month, people who follow then unfollow me, weight-loss and fitness programs, and accounts promising free merchandise.

April 16, 2010 1

Tweeting from the 2010 AWP Conference

I am in Denver, CO, attending the annual conference and bookfair for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. When I attended last year’s conference in Chicago, I could hardly believe how many people still support and believe in print as a medium, despite all the hype about print’s impending death.

April 8, 2010 0

5 Ways Social Media Has Made Me a Better Writer

Social networking tools have definitely helped me improve my writing. If you truly want to improve your writing for all media, you will use every opportunity to improve your craft. To provide clear and clever content, you should shake what your momma gave ya (whether that be 140 characters, infinite space of a blog post, or a sexy booty).

March 30, 2010 0

Zen and the Art of Blogging

Creative writing demands a different frame of mind than article writing, research paper drafting, and blogging do. But that doesn’t mean someone who does one can’t do the other! The place where you start is just a place to start, and then you work out from that point. The process is not necessarily linear.

March 19, 2010 4

More Mileage from a Blog You Sometimes Fuel

One of my favorite professors asked, “What’s the point of doing this if you’re not having fun?”. Remember: she was speaking to a room full of people so determined to cpublish a book that they would drag themselves through miles of mud to do just that. But I will never forget the question she posed.

March 16, 2010 1

Sending Messages in Digital Bottles

Have you ever had so much to say to someone but couldn’t tell that person? Have you ever written a letter to someone and then ripped it into tiny pieces? If you answered “yes”, then you’re in luck! The Internet makes it easy for you to write anonymous notes to people who will probably never guess you are writing about them.

March 10, 2010 2

Fact, Not Fiction, for the First Time in Years

I promised myself that, upon my return from San Francisco, I would throw even more of my heart and my soul into my side projects, which means blogging here every day, reviving Too Shy to Stop (we already have three new articles scheduled for publication!), and tackling the revision process for “The Prescribed Burn”, my fiction manuscript.

March 8, 2010 1

And Then the Creative Class Spontaneously Combusted

According to science fiction writer Gwyneth Jones, the company as a digital publisher is now getting “…unprecedented access to billions of tiny payments, for product that costs them effectively nothing, at their point of entry. This seems to mean they don’t have to worry about any form of resistance at all…”.

February 25, 2010 0