The Importance of Logging Your Mistakes

When I know that my students are capable of reviewing their errors independently, I no longer make corrections on their essays. I simply circle or underline the grammatical and/or spelling errors and then ask them to try to correct the errors on their own.

February 20, 2012 0

What My Dog Taught Me about Sharing

I started to wonder: how could I better expose my other interests and passions so that I can attract the right people and have meaningful conversations about those interests? For example, I have a completed manuscript, but I can’t put a leash on it and take it for a walk. Anyway, why would anyone want to pet a stack of paper?

February 14, 2012 0

An E-Book and the End of the World

Making it through a gatekeeper of a literary agent and landing a publishing contract for a print book is an aspiring writer’s Holy Grail. I think the desire to obtain this ultimate literary goal keeps many writers from embracing or at least considering eBooks and other new media.

February 7, 2012 0

Facebook’s Timeline and Its Impact on Narrative

The designers and developers at Facebook understand and acknowledge the importance of narrative. Recently, Facebook upgraded its layout to a timeline format. The timeline is a year-by-year guide to a Facebook user’s life and includes as much information as the user wants to share.

January 31, 2012 0

Teaching Writing to Students Who Don’t Like to Write

So far, my reluctant students have taught me that most college kids are resistant to “textbook speak” and method. Sure, the textbook has a lot to offer me in terms of how I can structure the class, but the textbook does little to show my students why they should care! I can only laugh.

September 21, 2011 0

When I Feel Most Like Myself

Writers are constantly asking themselves, Is my writing good enough? and What is the point of writing this? Very rarely do we believe that we are good enough and very rarely do we believe that our writing has purpose. However, two shining moments make the effort very much worth our time and energy.

July 1, 2011 0

Sarah Palin Judged By Writing Scores

Palin’s critics were waiting for low writing scores so that they could slam her intelligence with poor writing skills as evidence. Regardless, this incident proves that public figures and leaders are judged by their writing skills. Take care to draft careful e-mails because you never know who might be reading them.

June 14, 2011 0

Why Distraction Is Necessary

We’ve all had days when we regret having spent so much time stalking photos on Facebook and reading celebrity gossip. But I believe that distraction is necessary and that a reasonable amount of Internet time-wasting can actually help you nurture your creativity.

May 5, 2011 0

Literary Orders of Operations

As someone who writes short stories, I’m kind of obsessed with the relationships that one writer’s stories have with one another, whether that relationship is deliberate, accidental, or even nonexistent. I was telling my writer friend how I struggle with the order of my own stories.

April 27, 2011 0

Tap into Your Totem Pole

“…what you might call an inanimate totem: a thing matched to your sensibilities so exactly that you will never quite be able to get across what it means to you.” – D.H. Tracy What I love most about writing is the fact that I will never be able to exactly convey my thoughts, emotions, and…
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April 20, 2011 0